STEM ALL STARS
STEM ALL STARS 2017 GALA
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The STEM All Stars 2017 Gala was held on April 29th and April 30th at Rachel Carson Middle School. The competition was restricted to students residing in VA,DC, and Maryland and it reached over 500 girls. The Gala event consisted of over 200 attendees including parents, teachers, participants, keynote speakers, and other prominent people. Participants were required to research a global issue, create a triboard, write an essay, and create a video. This year, we saw fantastic submissions that are capable of positively disrupting the world and solving real-world problems. Congratulations to the 2017 STEM All Stars Competition winners! We are really proud of you! Huge thanks to Rachel Carson and Curie Learning for sponsoring the event! This event is also a fundraiser to benefit a Girls Orphanage and a Girls School in India run by CSS International (a US based non-profit organization). This organization is dedicated to shelter and educate orphan girls and educate poor girls in Hyderabad, India. Our academic success celebration is the appropriate time to think about giving a chance to an orphan girl or a poor girl to have a high-school and college education. All donations are tax deductible.
Saturday, April 29th - Rachel Carson Middle School
9am - 9:30am: Breakfast and Registration
9:30am - 10:30pm: Curie Learning Workshop about Algorithms
10:30pm - 12pm: Girls Who Code Panel
12pm - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 2:30pm: Girls in Tech Workshop
2:30pm - 3pm: Snack Break
3pm - 4:30pm: "Go Against the Flow" Documentary
Sunday, April 30th - Rachel Carson Middle School
11am - 12pm: Check-in
12pm - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 1:15pm: Participants may set up their presentation
1:15pm - 1:30pm: Opening remarks by Sajni Vederey
1:30pm - 1:40pm: Dr. Rao, Founder of Curie Learning
1:40pm - 1:50pm: Amita Vyas, Professor at Georgetown University
1:50pm - 1:50pm: Awards presentation
2:50pm - 3pm: Closing remarks
Address:13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
Dr. Rao realized early in life that he had an appreciation for material science and engineering. This awareness became apparent as he learned of the fact that all technological advances are made possible with new materials. With this in mind, he pursued his master’s degree in materials science at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. This broadened his horizons and motivated him to specialize in semiconductor materials and devices during his Ph.D. studies at the Oregon State University and the University of Michigan. Following his dream, he started his teaching and research career at George Mason University. In just 9 years, he became a full professor and received 28 years of continued research funding from prestigious funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has always wanted to impart his knowledge to educate young children and parents alike.. In 2006, Dr. Rao and his wife Savitri started classes at the Durga Temple, to raise funds for the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing basic education in tribal villages in India. In the past 8 years, the program has grown into multiple numbers of Curie Learning centers. They also opened an early elementary education day school program called The Madame Curie School of Science and Technology. The focus of this program is both science and technology, along with a strong foundation in math and language arts.
At the age of 20, Dr. Vyas journeyed to Calcutta, India to work alongside Mother Teresa in the Missionaries of Charity. In one eye-opening summer, she was immersed in the relationship between health and social inequities affecting vulnerable populations. From that extraordinary experience, inspired by a simple desire to serve those in need, she decided to pursue a career in public health. This early experience working alongside suffering and devastation continues to play a role in her teaching, scholarship, practice, and service to communities. Dr. Vyas earned her Master’s degree in Demography and her doctorate in Population and Family Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vyas served as President of the Network of South Asian Professionals and was a founding board member of the South Asian Public Health Association. Dr. Vyas is the recipient of several awards including the George Washington University Bender Teaching Award; the National Delta-Omega Honor Society Award for Innovative Curriculum; and was selected for the Impact Center’s National Women’s Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Vyas’ research work focuses on health behavior, and women/adolescent reproductive health.
We are proud of all the 2017 submissions!
- Engraved plagues
- Invitation to the STEM All Stars 2017 Gala
- Electronics and gadgets
- Recognition on our website and other news media
- Engraved plagues
- Invitation to the STEM All Stars 2017 Gala
Winning Projects (Grades 3-5):
Project Title: Insomnia
Research Abstract: For a human, food and sleep are the most important things. Can you imagine living without sleeping? But the truth is, a lot of people are suffering that right now! We wanted to help these people and we figured out that they are suffering from the horrible disorder, insomnia. We wanted them to live a insomnia free-life so we researched some solutions. Insomnia is sleep disorder that doesn’t let you sleep well. If you have insomnia you won’t be able to fall asleep and stay asleep. Even if you are able to fall asleep, you won’t feel refreshed when you wake up. Sometimes, when you are sleeping and you have insomnia you will wake up in the middle of the night! Insomnia is a common problem that adults tend to face. If someone gets insomnia they will have difficulties at work/school. Gadgets suppress melatonin. The blue light coming from screens stops Melatonin from to produce. The less there is of Melatonin in your body, the less you can sleep & stay asleep. To make sure you can sleep well, have 30 minutes gadget-free! Keep ANY electronics out of your bedroom to ensure that you will sleep great! Even if you don’t use your electronic before going to bed, doesn’t mean that it won’t harm your sleep. If you keep a electronic in your reach the chimes of texts, emails, calls, calendar reminders, etc. will still disturb you from a good night’s sleep. 72% of children of ages 6 to 17 sleep with at least 1 electronic next to them. This leads to getting less sleep on school days than others. The difference adds up to at least 1 hour each night. Parents should limit their child’s hours on a electronic and the parents should do the same.
Project Title: The Effect of the Color of the House on Room Temperature
Research Abstract: Have you ever been inside your house in a hot sunny day and everyone is sweating though the AC is on. Your parents are deciding what color to paint their house? Well, you may want to solve the problem by doing the experiment. You call it “EFFECT OF COLOR OF HOUSE ON ROOM TEMPERATURE”. By figuring out the right color for your house your parents can save a lot of money ,and use that money to buy your favorite toys all year long. Here is how the experiments works: Take 3 boxes of same size. Color them with White, Grey, and Black. Put thermometers in each box. Put the boxes in different conditions for 30 minutes.Measure the starting temperature. Start the timer and wait for 30 minutes .Record the temperature of thermometer in each box. In my experiment I found out White maintained the temperature (15 degrees -21 degrees) in all the above 3 conditions. Grey also maintained the temperature (12 degrees -23 degrees) not as good as White. Black performed really bad ( 8 degrees -28 degrees). We can use this experiment for the dresses that you choose to wear on different seasons. Suppose your family is going out to an amusement park on a Sunny day.Your mother gives out a black shirt to wear.PLEASE REJECT.Why? Because if you wear black shirt ,it will absorb more heat and the heat transfers to your body from shirt makes you sweating the whole day.
Winning Projects (Grades 6-8)
Project Title: Aqua-Lorem Car
Research Abstract: There is much pollution in our world, and about seventy-five percent of it is caused by cars. We have created the idea of cars powered by water to help the global issue of over-pollution. We have named our idea aqua-lorem car, which translates to water powered in Latin. The concept of aqua-lorem cars works by electrolysis. Electrolysis is when an anode and a cathode separate the oxygen and the hydrogen atoms from each other since they are different charges. The oxygen is released into the air as emissions or exhaust and the hydrogen goes through a turbine making it turn and make energy. Our model is exceptionally beneficial to the world of stem. It is able to reduce seventy-five percent of the world’s air pollution. It also makes gas, a nonrenewable resource, useful for many other causes. To power our cars we use water, an abundant resource, which will be very cost efficient because of how much there is. There will be less dangers of explosions because the “gas" will not be explosive anymore, since it is water! Overall the world of Stem will greatly appreciate this new invention because it is so efficient. First, the owner of the car must pump water into the tank (used to be the gas tank). When the car turns on, two water molecules will be separated through electrolysis. The battery will send an electric pulse through the water, causing the anode to attract the negative oxygen atoms. The cathode will then attract the positive hydrogen atoms. The hydrogen atoms will move through a hydrogen turbine through diffusion. Since there is a low concentration on the other side of the turbine compared to the tank where electrolysis happens, the hydrogen atoms will naturally move through the turbine, causing the turbine to spin, in turn generating electricity. The oxygen will then be released into the atmosphere, helping the environment. Once the hydrogen is through the turbine it’s work is done. It will be released into the environment via another pipe. Our idea still needs to be thought out in greater detail. For now, it is pretty accurate and gives you an understanding to what we are aiming to do. Our idea of Aqua-Lorem Technology was highly thought out, but still, has little details that need to be worked out. But for now, we have the basic guidelines laid out. It is capable of helping people in the future. As we all know our atmosphere is deteriorating at an alarming rate. About 75% of the world’s pollution comes from car emissions. So, this alternative fuel will help the atmosphere. It doesn’t release any harmful toxins into the air. The oxygen released helps the atmosphere, and doesn’t just stay neutral. Our invention is a product that goes within a car to improve the pollution that occurs in the world. When purchasing the molecule splitter it does cost a bit more than what one would anticipate. Though it would only add around a thousand dollars to a car's usual pricing. To help the environment it is not a hefty price. Last year the average price for gas was two dollars and fifteen cents. At the average price most Americans would have spent around one thousand four hundred dollars on gas annually. We can transfer the money spent on gas toward the money spent on the Aqua-Lorem cars. In the long run we are able to save a great deal of money.
Project Title: A Helping Hand
Research Abstract: Usually the time when a mother is expecting, it is a joyful time. Everyone wishes for the baby’s safe journey to the world. Sadly, however, due to many factors, there may be some bumps along the way. Some are stillborn, while many are born with various birth defects that may cause the baby despair throughout its life. Birth defects affect one in every thirty-three babies in the United States. This is the leading cause of infant mortality, accounting for nearly 20% of all cases. Many of these devastating occurrences are a result of the baby not forming correctly. Though there are many elaborate and effective systems to screen for birth defects, there isn’t much on how to treat, prevent, or fix them completely. A Helping Hand might just be how this can be stopped. This “helping hand” carries its literal meaning. This revolutionary, carefully crafted piece of technology works itself to assist the baby in growing and forming, assuring that everything goes as smooth as it should be. Everyone needs help every now and then. The machinery itself is to be surgically implanted near the womb. The mother will be required to not smoke or consume alcohol or other unspecified recreational substances. Some medications and conditions may not be compatible with the machinery. The materials to be used is very important. There are many factors to consider while designing this. Each should be crafted to ease into the body. The motherboard and claws are encased in and made of lightweight titanium to ensure durability and lower the risk of malfunction. This is coated in stem cells and the woman’s own blood to ensure that the body accepts it. Many tests should be conducted to make sure that the body trusts it and doesn’t attack it. Pretreatment with injected solutions are to be administered to ensure this. Like vaccines, they contain components of the machinery. However they are a little different than vaccines as they teach the body to accept it rather than fight it. Through this procedure, the chances of rejection will be lowered drastically. There is a program the assigned gynecologist must use to code the module. The doctor must perform regular screenings and upload the baby’s status, exact location, size, mother’s data, etc., in the program. The design of the program is even more simple than one’s that doctors use now. The program then takes the data and factors and translates them into a code to execute actions. Pseudo code for the doctor to check is provided. To ensure it is correct, a medical technician, with certified training from our board, should check it. The “Helping Hand” itself is not to actually enter the placenta. It is programmed to make subtle movements the woman can’t feel that won’t rupture the placenta. After the program is started, the woman can continue with her light daily activity. There is also an app so the mother and her relatives can track the baby’s progress. This can really help the mother feel in control and safe, concerning the matter of her baby. Everything the machine does is shown on an animated live screen which the mother can look at whenever she desires. She can retreat the treatment for any reason instantaneously. Our app also gives tips on prenatal care and how to prepare and care for a new addition. This helpful information is published by our experts who are experienced mothers as well. There is also a page to track the diet of the mother. It is complete with a diet plan hand-planned and customized to accommodate the conditions and status of the mother.