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Illness and Disability Awareness In Children’s Media

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our challenge was addressing the lack of fun educational products that teach about illness and disability in children’s media. This is a problem because kids need to understand the basics about common medical conditions to help them accommodate their classmates and help them empathize with their friends. Existing educational media tends to be unengaging for

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JAC Profit

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

We are creating a stock forecasting app by analyzing human interaction with certain stocks through Twitter. We hope to use the data and trends to help anyone interested in the stock market, as well as analyze and anticipate when a crash will occur. Full poster: JACProfit

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Looking to Save Money and Water? Add Some Native Plants to Your Yard!

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Xeriscaping is a form of gardening in which plants that are more drought tolerant are incorporated into a garden, reducing water usage. Under persistence water shortage, such as in SW United States, xeriscaping can be significant water conservation strategy. In order to promote wider use of Xeriscaping in home gardens, we developed a Xeriscaping App that

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Smart Charger: Utilizing Trickle Charging to Extend Battery Life

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our goal is to create a device that helps reduce the amount of e-waste produced by extending the battery life of single-life electronics through trickle charging. By avoiding overcharging electronics, its battery is able to sustain longer periods of use without adverse effects. View the full poster here

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Flattening the Duck Curve

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

We addressed the California energy ‘duck’ curve problem with a more intelligent and efficient household thermostat. Our goal was to alleviate the strain on the electrical grid during times of peak energy demand by redirecting demand to a more favorable time during the day. Our strategy was to create a smart thermostat that would utilize

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The Proliferation Problem

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our group was interested at how cells proliferate within different biomaterials, specifically a matrix/collagen solution compared to normal collagen. Full poster: TheProliferationProblem

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Paper Production Impact & Alternative Production

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Wood-pulp paper production negatively impacts the environment due to its reliance on deforestation for material and its production by polluting paper mills. Using fungi for paper pulp can potentially reduce the strain that wood-pulp paper production puts on the environment by utilizing a more sustainable natural resource with biodegradable and antimicrobial properties. Our team devised

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Data Analysis of Sea Turtle Nesting Habits

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Although global change is negatively affecting endangered sea turtles, populations are decreasing at a rate faster than research and conservation efforts. We propose here a contribution to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by mining a database collected in long-term field research/conservation sites. By organizing and analyzing a 5-yr data set from the Pacuare Reserve

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The ECOSTRESS-ful Search for an Alternative Measurement of Plant Water Content

May 9, 2023 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our grand challenge is to evaluate whether or not emerging satellite remote sensing tools can be used to infer plant function, particularly with respect to plant water content. We studied patterns of plant water content inferred by Vegetation Optical Depth (VOD) from NASA’s SMAP mission and plant water use inferred by Evapotranspiration (ET) using NASA’s

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