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Providence Day School’s 7th-grade eCybermission team, named “Charger Nation,” has been named national finalists for the South East Region in the 2014-15 eCybermission competition.
The team — comprised of Nandita Balaji, Shreyas Bhasin, Kevin Kaspar and Zoe Sherman — had won first place in the state finals of the web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition for 6th-, 7th-, 8th- and 9th-grade teams.
eCybermission teams propose solutions to real problem in their communities and compete for state, regional and national awards.
Three other PDS teams, all advised by Middle School science teacher Barbara Morrow, scored well in the state finals — the 9th-grade team, “Watts the Charger,” took first place while the 6th-grade team, “Charger Airways,” and 7th-grade team, “Charger Sense,” both took second place.
“Teaching students outside of the classroom is a highlight of any teacher's day,” said Morrow. “These students all show their love for STEM and compassion for others when they compete in a competition like this.”
Inspired by their love of dogs, the “Charger Nation” team designed a unique brace for dogs with hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
The brace would consist of a stretchy underlayer made of 3-D spacer fabric that would wrap around the dog’s rear and support the hips and legs while still being flexible. On top of the brace would be two 3-D printed pieces holding the hips in place.
The brace would allow dogs to be comfortable while still being mobile.
"It is so rewarding to see the hard work for these kids pay off,” said Morrow. “They spend an entire year working on a solution to a project, and it's wonderful when they are able to make it a reality."
“Charger Nation” will learn if they are national winners at the National Judging and Educational Event in Maryland in June.
PDS Teams - State Winners
6th-grade team, “Charger Airways”
— Eliza Cardwell, Anna Makemson, Olivia Makemson and Hope Morrow
Inspired by a story of a child suffering brain damage, the team created a tracheotomy device to be put in first aid kits, school nurse rooms, daycares, assisted living centers or wherever there are children.
The device would be used after an unsuccessful attempt of dislodging an object from the victim’s trachea. When used, the device would trigger an iBeacon that would send a push notification to a cell phone, asking the user if they would like to dial 911 and help the user perform the tracheotomy.
The 7th-grade team, “Charger Sense”
— Cody Constantine, Alex Hobby and Dillon Sawyer
Inspired by an increasing senior population, the team combined radio frequency identification and microcontrollers to create a smart collar for improving and expanding how service dogs help people and for decreasing the cost of training.
The collar would increase the ability of the dogs to do new tasks by communicating with and manipulating the environments around them.
The 9th-grade team, “Watts the Charger”
— Alex Constantine, Olivia Comer and Claire Landis
Wanting to help people produce electricity from otherwise wasted energy, the team designed a portable device that can quickly and efficiently create accessible electricity in an environmentally-friendly way.
The device is comprised of three baking pans and a series of thermoelectric generators. By cooling and heating the pans, the device produces electricity and can charge a battery or other device.