Red Rocks and Ivy Tech teams place initial and second in NSF Community College Innovation Challenge

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Teams from Red Rocks Community College in Colorado and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana placed initial and second in a National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

NSF's Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) intent students in a accumulation of disciplines in impactful areas such as large data, infrastructure security, sustainability and broadening appearance in STEM. Image credit: NSF

NSF’s Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) intent students in a accumulation of disciplines in impactful areas such as large data, infrastructure security, sustainability and broadening appearance in STEM. Image credit: NSF

The top-ranked teams were motionless after 10 finalist teams participated in a severe Innovation Boot Camp final week, sponsored by NSF and a American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The foot stay enclosed a revisit to a U.S. Capitol, where teams displayed their innovations, met with lawmakers and staff and conducted live demonstrations enabling attendees to try and correlate with teams’ approaches to addressing real-world problems.

“This year NSF embarked on one of a many innovative competitions,” pronounced Susan Singer, executive of NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education. “We invited students during village colleges around a U.S. to brand confusing problems and introduce artistic STEM-based solutions in potentially impactful areas. And they rose to this challenge.”

Students due solutions in areas such as large data, infrastructure security, sustainability and broadening appearance in STEM. Teams offering a extended operation of projects and minute artistic approaches with extensive intensity for elucidate some of America’s many daunting challenges.

The Red Foxes, from Red Rocks Community College (Colo.) placed initial in a plea with a innovative Mobile Medical Disaster Relief Dispensation Unit. When responding to a disaster, medical teams mostly have no approach of tracking a medicine they need to dispense, creation a routine random and mistakes easy. The Red Foxes combined a secure, unstable device to fast discharge medicine to those in need, while concurrently recording where and by whom a medicine was dispensed. The device is done from 3-D printed parts, and incorporates a motor, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracker and Raspberry Pi mechanism chip to well lane a management of medicine within a disaster area. A alloy would use it by swiping an RFID tag. If a device recognizes a tag, it uses a engine to allot medicine. The appurtenance annals a transaction and wirelessly backs it adult to a executive location. By permitting medical teams to simply and accurately guard drug administration, a “Red Foxes” device would make disaster service quicker and safer.

Ivy Tech Biotech from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in South Bend placed second with a “Betadataquantadata,” a hand-held, lay person-operated biosensor for coliphage. Coliphage is a pathogen that indicates a participation of E. coli, germ that can pervert water, causing diarrhea and other health problems. Many people miss entrance to reliable, purify water, and 5,000 people die any day from ingesting infested water. Testing to establish H2O reserve can be costly and time consuming, holding one to 4 days to get results. Ivy Tech Biotech invented a user friendly, self-contained biosensor that fast and well determines if H2O is contaminated. The sensor allows users to exam H2O but wanting a lab or complete training and yields formula within a few hours. With some-more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lacking entrance to purify water, Betadataquantadata’s permitted and affordable H2O contrast could have surpassing impacts.

“The 10 teams whose members sincerely participated in NSF’s Innovation Boot Camp are all winners,” pronounced Singer. “Each and any member schooled from us and from any other. Their unrestrained was foul and inspiring.”

On a final day of a foot camp, teams delivered final presentations and were assessed by a five-member row of judges. The judges were allocated for their abounding and opposite backgrounds and experiences: Knatokie M. Ford, owner and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise; Matt Garza, executive of product, 1776; Anna Quider, executive of sovereign family during Northern Illinois University; Martin Margala, highbrow and chair of a electrical and mechanism engineering dialect during a University of Massachusetts Lowell; and Edgar Troudt, partner highbrow during a City University of New York’s Kingsborough Community College. Biographical information on any of a judges is attached.

Other winning teams, and their projects, included:

Amphibian Pathogens, Inver Hills Community College (Minn.),Amphibian investigate drives extended STEM participation
A exam that observes DNA underneath UV light to brand a participation of a harmful parasitic mildew in amphibians.

The FUE – food in civic environments, Tulsa Community College (Okla.), Reliable civic food prolongation in changing climate
A small-scale reproduction of an initial rooftop garden that tests a effects of opposite continue conditions on food prolongation in civic environments.

Team Lagoon, Indian River State College (Fla.),Optical characterization of firth pollutants
Optical methods on manned and unmanned systems to guard H2O peculiarity of a Indian River Lagoon with an estimated mercantile value of $3.7 billion.

Innovators of a Bighorns, Sheridan Community College (Wyo.),Engineering algae to urge biofuel production
A arrangement with a short, interactive, charcterised film that shows all aspects of a routine of regulating food crops such as algae as fuel.

HFC Future Engineers, Henry Ford College (Mich.), Real-time collision showing on Michigan highways
A antecedent of highway networks that detect accidents in real-time and immediately dispatch authorities.

Snow College Innovation Team, Snow College (Utah),Environmentally permitted colouring synthesis
Live demonstrations on how to make pigments that act as antennas in a plant dungeon to route and store solar energy, and to see pigments during work in a solar dungeon to energy a indication home.

PVCC Water Health, Piedmont Virginia Community College (Va.), Water Health as assessed by contemplating protists
A proof of a Open Science Framework, a free, online apparatus to foster a partnership and pity of information on vicious issues such as H2O health.

Tulsa CHAMP, Tulsa Community College (Okla.), College-high propagandize aquaponic mentoring partnership
A hands-on proof of a “living laboratory” designed to learn about a multi-disciplinary margin of aquaponics.

View video summaries of a 10 winning projects and review full competition details, including eligibility criteria, entrance guidelines, timeline and esteem information on the CCIC website.

Source: NSF