High School

2013 High School National Winners

Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are pleased to announce the National High School Winners of the 2012-2013 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! See the winners from grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

First Place - GEORGIA

  • Team Name The Nanocrystals
  • Location Conyers, Georgia
  • School Rockdale Magnet for Science and Technology
  • Students
    • Aaron Barron
    • Crystal Brockington
  • Teacher/Mentor Scott Bolen
  • Description Cadmium, a carcinogenic substance in CdSe quantum dots, has detrimental effects on the community and its surrounding environment. This project focuses on the synthesis of CuInS2 and CuInSe2 quantum dots as a cost-effective and efficient replacement for current commercial quantum dot solar cells. This goal was accomplished, obtaining a 52.61% increase in CuInS2 solar cells from commercial solar cells at $600+ cheaper production value.
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Second Place - MARYLAND

  • Team Name Ghost Crab Trap
  • Location Glen Burnie, Maryland
  • School North County Senior High School
  • Students
    • Luke Andraka
    • Dana Lunkenheimer
  • Teacher/Mentor Joe Pfistner
  • DescriptionDerelict crab traps are a large issue because of their impact on the environment and economy. We attacked the problem on three fronts; public outreach, law policy and reinventing the common crab trap to make it cheaper for water men and safer for animals. We raised awareness about the issue and started legislation as well as working with watermen and researchers to redesign the common crab trap.
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Third Place - MICHIGAN

  • Team Name DTEP Design Firm
  • Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • School Skyline High School
  • Students
    • Andrew Burns
    • Densu Dixon
    • Swagat Tripathy
  • Teacher/Mentor Thomas Pachera
  • Description The HydroPod is an innovative solar water distiller, which uses the heat and UV light from the sun to create clean, fresh drinking water. Made of 100% recycled plastic, the HydroPod evaporates water while collecting the condensed remnants, eliminating all deadly bacteria and viruses.
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