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Two teams of students from Flippen Elementary joined with a team of students from Eagle's Landing Middle School to enter the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition. This is a fun science competition that encourages students of all grade levels to imagine what technoloyg might be like in the future.
Coached by ELMS teacher, Ms. Ingrid Hedlund and mentored by Dr. Cara Jackson, each of the three teams entered an original invention that used technology to solve or help some real-life problem. The 7th grade team created a miniature robotic dolphin that uses dolphin sounds to help students with autism thrive in the mainstream classroom. The 4th and 5th grade team invented a "Bullywatch" - a high tech watch to be worn by students that could provide video and audio evidence of bullying. This project ranked in the top ten percent of entries earning a Regional Honorable Mention. The Kindergarten through 3rd grade team designed "COOL PADS" - shoulder pads for football players that help keep them safe from overheating. This team's project was one of six teams in the nation in this age group to win first place at the regional level!
As regional winners, each of these young boys received an HD camcorder and Flippen Elementary received a banner and a Toshiba laptop computer. This team's project will move on to the national competition in June for which they have to create a website with a video and a prototype of their COOL PADS.
Congratulations to all these students for their initiative, creativity, and application of learning. Good Luck to the COOL PAD team at Nationals!