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ThinkQuest Competition 2012 – Winners Announced

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The thinkquest competition 2012 was held under three categories. The winners of the competition under each category is detailed below.

ThinkQuest Projects – 19 and Under

1st Place – 19 and Under  – World Hunger

Students: Jing Wen Samantha, Yidan, Wie Min, Jie Ying Felicia
Location:Singapore and China
Coach:Ms. Christine Chen
Prize:Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

This team harnessed the full potential of the Internet to spread their message about food scarcity. They hope to inspire and encourage others to take part in ending starvation.

2nd Place – 19 and Under
Vish-Amrit: Transform Poisoned Water Into Nectar

Students:Sitara, Brian, Paridhi, Aadya, Akanksha, Amrit
Location:India
Coach:Dona Pal
Prize: Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

Water contamination is a great concern in New Delhi. This team explored a way to purify water and bring water conservation methods to their city.

 

3rd Place – 19 and Under
Make Garbage Enzyme Our Hero: Use Garbage Enzyme

Visit their work here : Make Garbage Enzyme Our Hero: Use Garbage Enzyme
Students:Jiji, Lene, Byo, Aqil, Dydy
Location:Malaysia
Coach: Sawaran Jit Kaur
Prize:Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

This team demonstrates how to make a garbage enzyme, an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to turn kitchen waste in to fertilizer.

 

ThinkQuest Projects – 16 and Under

1st Place – 16 and Under
Our Living Roof

Visit the work : Our Living Roof
Students:Lizahar, Kevin, Kiara, Roberto, Camily, Veronica
Locations:Puerto Rico
Coach:Sr. Javier Gonzalez Delgado
Prize:Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

In Puerto Rico, high temperatures often make for uncomfortable classrooms. This team created an eco-friendly way to keep their classrooms cool: they planted a garden on the roof.

2nd Place – 16 and Under
Fear? Face It! Fight It!!

Fear? Face It! Fight It!!
Students:
Samarth, Shreya, U., Tomuta, Tucra, Sreelekha
Location:
India and Romania
Coach:
Ms. S Rajeswari
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

This project teaches children under the age of 13 to recognize fear as emotion and to work at overcoming common fears.

 

3rd Place – 16 and Under
Zeros to Heroes

Students:
Claudia, Jorge, Sarah, Macarena, Joan
Location:
Puerto Rico
Coach:
Mr. Julio Berrios Keyser
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

This team wanted to raise student awareness about violence in Puerto Rico and provide solutions to help bring peace to their community.

ThinkQuest Projects – 12 and Under

1st Place – 12 and Under
Saving Energy

Students:
Vlado, Monika, Angela J., Angela P.
Location:
Macedonia
Coach:
Ms. Marija Pupinoska
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

To help address the problem of excessive energy consumption in school, this team explained to their school’s management ways that everyone can pitch in to save energy and make a difference.

2nd Place – 12 and Under
Entrepreneurial Kids

Entrepreneurial Kids
Students:
Ainina, Liyana, Farah
Location:
Malaysia
Coach:
Mr. Hasan Haniff
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

This team created a project plan, performed a market survey, and wrote a business plan to experience what it is like to start and run a business. They then conducted a workshop to educate other students about what they learned.

3rd Place – 12 and Under
Father And Mother, I Lack Your Time (Family Time)

Father And Mother, I Lack Your Time (Family Time)
Students:
Lai, Yan, Yu, Jiang, Zhang, Li
Location:
China
Coach:
Qingyun Huang
Prize:Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

To help parents communicate with their children, this team created a survey and used the results along with expert interviews to create a public service website.

Digital Media – 19 and Under

1st Place – 19 and Under
Seqr – Online Security. Demystified.

Seqr – Online Security. Demystified.
Students:
Manikandan, Guillem, Dimitrios, Rajeshwer, Varuna, Varun
Location:
India, France, Greece, Great Britain
Coach:
Nitish Harihar
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

This team created a website to educate users about the existence of cyber threats and teach them how to stay safe from computer viruses.

Visit Site

2nd Place – 19 and Under
Animus – Let Your Ideas Take Form

Students:
U San, Yi Yan, Chei Chau, Yi Chen, Shen Hao, Yu Peng
Location:
Singapore
Coach:
Meng Han Yeo
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

To help viewers perfect their presentation skills, this team developed a tablet and smartphone-friendly website that can be used to develop electronic presentation materials.

3rd Place – 19 and Under
Trash to Triumph

Students:
Antara, Vanshika, Sahil, Prerna, Anushka
Location:
India
Coach:
Namita Panigrahi
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

Much of the aluminum we use is wasted in landfills instead of being recycled. This team created a project to recycle aluminum and help clean up the world.

Digital Media – 16 and Under

1st Place – 16 and Under
Nobody In, Everybody Out: Changing Tactics and Traditions of the Fire Service

Nobody In, Everybody Out: Changing Tactics and Traditions of the Fire Service
Students:
Adriel, Jacob, Connor
Location:
United States (Virginia)
Coach:
Ms. Sherryl Loya
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

Many firefighters have lost their lives due to structural collapse. This team created a website to train firefighters about advances in building materials and construction practices to help servicemen and women avoid accidents at the site of a fire.

Visit Site

2nd Place – 16 and Under
From LOLcats to Laptops: Exploring Teen Tech Use

From LOLcats to Laptops: Exploring Teen Tech Use
Students:
Aaron, Nathan, Nadia, Ivana, Erina
Locations:
United States (California)
Coach:
Ms. Karen Salerno
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

Today’s teenagers use more electronics than ever. This team created a website to help teens make informed decisions about the technologies they use every day.

Visit Site

3rd Place – 16 and Under
Concurrent Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water and Hydrogen Production Using TiO2 Nanotubes

Concurrent Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water and Hydrogen Production Using TiO2 Nanotubes
Students:
Lawrence, Ryan, Melvin
Location:
Singapore
Coach:
Jiansheng Li
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

The shortage of clean water and clean energy is increasingly a global concern. This team investigated the feasibility and efficiency of TiO2 nanotubes as a way to remove heavy metals from water while simultaneously creating clean energy.

Visit Site

Digital Media – 12 and Under

1st Place – 12 and Under
Bobwhites

Students:
Samantha, Emily, Jonathan, Luke, Grace
Locations:
United States (New York)
Coach:
Ms. Laureen Andria
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

This team’s project introduces users to the endangered Bobwhite and helps them understand how to protect this bird from further population decline.

2nd Place – 12 and Under
Healthy Options

Students:
Elena, RJ, Natalie, Josie
Location:
United States (New York)
Coach:
Ms. Laureen Andria
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

This team explored how hunger affects people and how nutrition and food safety can help people eat more healthily.

3rd Place – 12 and Under
Buzzy Bees

Students:
Nataly, Nahirika, Tinsley, Elizabeth, Morgan, Pranathi
Location:
United States (Georgia)
Coach:
Ms. Linda Byrd
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

This team created a project to educate other students about the threat of bee extinction and about the consequences to the human food chain if bees disappeared.

Application Development – 18 – 22

1st Place – 18 – 22
Luna

Students:
Jelena, Milos, Nemanja, Aleksandar, Petar
Location:
Serbia
Coach:
Mr. Mateja Opacic
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

Teaching students with autism requires special consideration of each student’s individual skills and habits. This team created a platform that allows educators to create games that both meet student and teacher needs and provide statistical data and analysis.

2nd Place – 18 – 22
Frevol Friends

Students:
Jason, Si Hao, Kenneth, Nicholas
Location:
Singapore
Coach:
Mr. Jin Kiat Low
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

This team created a web and mobile application that harnesses social media technology and peer influence to connect volunteers with organizations and provide a convenient way for friends to encourage other friends to participate in charitable work together.

3rd Place – 18 – 22
EL-Green

Students:
Jin, Chia, Kok, Wei, Jun, Linus
Locations:
Singapore and Malaysia
Coach:
Mr. Jin Kiat Low
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

Every year, approximately 10 billion tons of coal are consumed to generate energy. This team created Green Living, a household automation and energy management system, to reduce electricity consumption and minimize the energy wasted due to human negligence.

Watch Demo

Application Development – 17 and Under

1st Place – 17 and Under
Trenders.org

Students:
Chris, Ryan
Location:
United States (Kentucky)
Coach:
Ms. Becky Keith
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500 USD, a trip to ThinkQuest Live and $5,000 USD School Award.

Without adequate economics preparation in high school, young adults risk making poor financial decisions that can adversly impact their lifelong fiscal well being. This team developed an approach to teaching economics that made it an engaging and exciting subject for high school students.

Watch Demo

2nd Place – 17 and Under
TED 2012 (Text Encryptor & Decryptor)

TED 2012 (Text Encryptor & Decryptor)
Students:
Adhisha, Roshnal, Chamath
Location:
Sri Lanka
Coach:
Inoka Samarakkody
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,200 USD and a trip to ThinkQuest Live.

This team corrected an inherent weakness in a ubiquitous mobile technology: the lack of encryption in text messaging. The Text Encryptor & Decryptor 2012 sends and receives password protected text messages from mobile to mobile.

3rd Place – 17 and Under
switchCASE

switchCASE
Students:
Shivang, Utsav, Keval, Krishna, Kunwar
Location:
India
Coach:
Ms. Bina Daisy Deivam
Prize:
Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000 USD.

To help protect data from hackers, this team developed an application that generates a random password for increased security. The application also can score password strength.

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