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2012 Results

THINK 2012 Scholars

Green Viper 2.0

Justin Lipkvich (12), Mount Desert Island High School

According to the EPA, air pollution can irritate asthma, damage the inner lining of lungs, and constrict the amount of air taken in with each breath. Not only does pollution effect breathing, but it also creates a green house effect from green houses gasses, this means heat gets in through the atmosphere, but canʼt get out. There is an obvious correlation between increased air pollution and climatic flux, as more pollution is pumped into the atmosphere sea levels rise, ice caps melt, and temperatures across the world increase. My solution is to start my own line of EVʼs (electric vehicles), that will be fast, functional, and consumer friendly. There are EVʼs on the market, but the manufacturers are missing the point. They are not pushing their vehicles to the limits they can achieve, and that is the only way a new technology can be improved, and accepted. I know an electric motorcycle is technically feasible, because I have built two, and every time I have done a rebuild they get better.

Cristo Rey IT Department Planning

Kareem Elhadidi (12) and Ryan Strat (11), Woodward Academy

Our project aims to create the ideal, low-cost IT infrastructure for a developing school. We will be working with both Leadership Woodward and the Cristo Rey Network. These two organizations are currently working to found a new school for underprivileged students in Atlanta, Georgia. Creating the core IT infrastructure for this school is our Independent Computer Science Research Project. This includes everything from selecting/soliciting hardware to finding the right platform(s) and software for the students. We will optimize our end product to be easy to use for students and teachers, as well as easy to maintain for IT administrators. In addition to all of the previously mentioned attributes, we will also strive to set up infrastructure that is scalable, flexible, and extensible all while continuing the goal to remain as affordable as possible. One of the key points in keeping the costs to a minimum is making the infrastructure so that it can be maintained with a small staff. Currently, we plan to investigate several different models of computing: desktops and laptops, for example. In addition, we also plan to investigate less traditional technologies such as Chromebooks and centralized network computing. What makes this project exciting for us is that not only do we have the chance to research all of these technologies and gain hands-on experience with a variety of technologies, but the decisions we make will have a lasting, real world impact.

Fiber Fab

Christianne Durham (12), Meridian Technical Charter High School

The effects of the two-dimensional printing press were phenomenal, changing history forever. Yet, more than a decade after the invention of the three dimensional printer, they have not pervaded society the way the printing press did. What is holding the three dimensional printer back? To put it crudely, it is because they are currently more novelty items than true machines of manufacturing. The Fiber Fab would test a possible improvement in the technology of three dimensional printing by changing the way thermal plastic is handled. I plan to implement this by building my own printer, which will twist plastic in order to eliminate issues caused by normal layering of thermal plastic. The goal of the project is to test a possible new technique and will utilize pre-existing electronics and mechanisms.

Honorable Mentions

Application of Hyperthermia for Surface or Near-Surface Infection Therapy – A Combinatorial Approach

Ashwin Ramachandran (10), Randolph School

Considerable work has been done in hyperthermia therapy in the past couple decades, however, not much research has been done in using it for treatments other than cancer. My idea is to use hyperthermia therapy to treat several other infections, such as gangrene and MRSA, along with conventional medicine to achieve quicker healing and thereby find a more effective treatment for them. It is hypothesized that hyperthermia therapy along with administering antibiotics simultaneously will result in the more efficient work of the antibiotics and thus faster treatment of the infection. To conduct this experiment I wish to use readily available, nanometer sized magnetic particles which provide a source of heat to help facilitate the body’s immune system. This project aims to specifically study the heat generation process using a radio frequency field and a responsive topical application material in a simulated tissue model.

Bicycle Automatic Continuous Variable Transmission

Ramin Khajeh (12), Ulysses S. Grant High School

The motivation of the design I have in mind arose from my intense interest in bicycles. When encountering a steep hill, I noticed that I had to change the “speed” (the gearing ratio in fact) beforehand. Otherwise, it is nearly impossible to adjust the gearing ratio while riding up the hill. The cyclist should be exerting a lot of force to maintain a same velocity on pedals if the “speed” is not well-adjusted. Besides, regular bikes manual transmission and interval-based gearing system (where gearing ratios are fixed) have a smaller durability and accuracy in the shifting process. Therefore, the goal of this design is to eliminate the interval-based gearing system in bicycles, and create an automatic continuous variable transmission, thus maintaining a constant torque input on the pedals.

Erasable Printing

Vicki Lam (10) and Kaitlyn Shin (10), Jericho High School

This project was conceived through an innovation of something we already have, just to make life more convenient for some of the people in our society. We are trying to provide a cheap, cost-effective printer that prints with graphite so that it’s erasable, and yes, cheaper because it doesn’t use ink. By the end of the project, we are hoping to have an easy and simple printer, similar to an LED printer, print with graphite so that people who like pencils and artists can use them with ease for their everyday lives, and as a cheap first-draft alternative to using expensive printers and ink. We plan to implement our project idea first by building this printer and then testing it, before applying for patents and marketing it.

Sigmabox

Ian Reynolds (11), Cretin-Derham Hall

If you visit sigmabox.org today, you'll see a prototype version of my vision for a new kind of tool for students, educators, and ordinary people alike. It could be described as a glorified graphing calculator - after all, most of my time spent on the project thus far has been in re-implementing functions found on my TI-84 - but I'd like to continue to expand the project to improve the graphing capabilities, implement a dimensional analysis engine, and add numerous plugins for subjects as diverse as chemistry and finance. My goal is to create an application (FOSS, of course) that people will like using, whether they're learning, teaching, or just playing around with numbers. As a high school student I’ve spent enough time doing homework to know how current tools can be improved upon, and made both more engaging and easier to use.

Overview

Testimonials

THINK’s acknowledgement and merit has motivated me to pursue science with creativity and an awareness on how it can influence the public and society today. It has broadened my perspective of how science can truly extend much more and that any individual has the competence to create a unique project.

THINK 2011 Winner

The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by undergraduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations.

Benefits

The THINK team will provide funding and extensive support to selected student projects. Some of the key benefits are outlined innclude:

Awards

Timeline

Application DeadlineJanuary 6, 2011
Award DecisionJanuary 14, 2012
Winners Trip to MITFebruary 5, 2012
Expected Completion of ProjectsMay 31, 2012

Application

THINK helps high school students turn ideas into reality

THINK project proposals are science and engineering ideas that span many fields from green technologies and practical devices to software applications. Almost anything is fair game! As long as it can be completed in one semester with a $2,000 budget. A good proposal has clearly defined completion criteria and a well thought-out procedure for implementation.

Applying for the THINK Scholars Program is a simple two-step process:

  1. Register: create an account using your email address and some basic information.
  2. Submit your proposal: upload a document describing your idea, goals, and implementation procedure.

Register now or log in to see the application, including specific guidelines and requirements for the proposal.

A panel comprising MIT students, faculty, and alumni will review the applications based on the following criteria:

We may decide to conduct phone interviews to further gauge your interest. Through this process, 3 proposals will be chosen to participate in the THINK Scholars Program. If selected, you will be invited to MIT to attend Techfair, meet the THINK team, institute professors, program sponsors, and other selected students.

While you implement your project idea, we will maintain an active relationship with you. We will provide you with funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities with sponsors, MIT students, faculty, and alumni. In return, we expect that you document the whole process online in the form of reports, photos, and videos. Documentation should show the successful completion of milestones and goals, and any difficulties or challenges encountered along the way. Your project experience will be shared with our sponsors and our community. In addition, we will hold regular phone or web conferences to check on your progress, provide advice, and teach you some useful skills.

By the end of the spring semester, you will let us know how you fulfilled the completion criteria – for example, a video demonstrating what you successfully created. At that point you will receive the THINK scholarship and become a THINK Fellow!

So, have a cool science/engineering idea that you want to work on? Tell us about it!

Guidelines

Rules of Participation

Project Proposal Guidelines

You do not have to adhere to the suggested format strictly, however, please make sure all components listed below are addressed and clearly presented in your PDF submission.

Project Title

Title and Summary

Write an accurate, interesting, and concise summary of your project in about 150 words. In paragraph form, please describe the following aspects of your project:

Idea

Plan

Personal

Feel free to add photographs or links to more information.