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See how the winning teams applied their STEAM skills to create change in their communities.

2018 Winners

Ashland, Kentucky

Ashland Middle School

Because local first responders called to the scene of a drug overdose are only armed with rubber gloves and tongs, the students of Ashland Middle School developed a solution to safely pick up and dispose of hazardous material. The students created a device that could be used by first responders and local authorities to pick up dangerous used needles and other drug paraphernalia. Additionally, the students are creating an online database that local community members can access to learn more about the opioid epidemic.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

After learning that strong summer storms are the primary cause of flooding in the U.S., Thomas Jefferson Middle School students developed a water sensor that deploys water barriers when rising water levels reach 6 inches. Once the barriers are deployed, the system uses wi-fi to send a signal to emergency personnel. The information is then sent to the mobile map app, Waze, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to alert drivers of the conditions.

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Cavallini Middle School

Reported concussions reached upwards of 3 million in 2017, and it’s estimated that half of all concussions went unreported or undetected. After a classmate suffered a concussion during football season last year, students at Cavallini Middle school developed sensors to be worn on football helmets to accurately and quickly identify potential concussions and help prevent any further brain damage through early detection.

Congratulations to our 2018 National Finalists!

Santiago High School, CA


Lee County Middle School West, GA


Ashland Middle School, KY


Noble High School, ME


Kent Career Tech Center, MI


Thomas Jefferson Middle School, NC


Gering High School, NE


Cavallini Middle School, NJ


Clear Creek Middle School, OR


Omro High School, WI


2017 Winners

Secondary School of Journalism
Gering High School
Snowflake Junior High School

2016 Winners

Mission Valley ROP/James Logan High School, CA
Brooklyn Technical High School, NY
Horizon Middle School, CO
Loudoun Valley High School, VA
Ridgewood Middle School, MO

2015 Winners

Downtown College Prep
Nicholson Elementary School
Galena High School
Hudson’s Bay High School
Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy

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