Six elementary school teams in the Locust Valley Central School District earned Honorable Mentions in the Toshiba ExloraVision competition, which encourages students to find solutions to modern-day problems using STEM research.

From Locust Valley Intermediate School, fifth-grade team Brain Saver proposed using the protein RBM3 to help end Alzheimer’s disease. The protein is found in hibernating animals and allows them to wake from a “torpor” state by rebuilding brain synapses. The team, mentored by Mrs. Moran, included Hailey Leonard, Grace O’Mahoney, Julia Siegel and Brady Toher.

The MicroG PT Center team invented an idea to create a microgravity physical therapy center, which would revolve around the Earth in low orbit, providing microgravity rehabilitation services to those in need. Researchers on this team included fifth-graders John Gambino and Jackson Hoban and fourth-grader Anna Cavallo. Caroline McBride served as the team’s mentor.

The team Geckobot proposed using a gecko-like robot to patrol behind walls and in air ducts to detect toxic black-mold spores. The Geckobot would be covered with a smart fabric “skin” to detect mold spores and alert property owners. This team of fourth-graders, Liam Baker, Gregor Blaise, and Will Bohner, along with third-grader Tyler Leonard, was mentored by Anne Joyce. 

Mrs. Joyce also mentored a team that had a different solution to help Alzheimer’s patients. They presented the Memory Restore Chip, a graphene-based chip implanted in the brain’s hippocampus and entorhinal areas to replace dead neurons. The chip would allow Alzheimer’s patients to make lasting memories again. The team included third-graders Lillian DeNatale, Natalia Figoni, Jacob Sabow and Taylor Zarou. 

The Bayville Intermediate School team of Mushroom Miracles looked to help the environment. They proved that these miracles of nature could help disposable diapers decompose at a quicker rate. The team included third-graders Maxwell Bamba, Madeline Hattier, Meghan Johnson and Alexa Riccardo. This team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Debbie McKillen. 

Bayville’s Pur Energy Survivor Box team created a survival box powered by natural energy, which purifies water, has a beacon for light, GPS capabilities and more. It is meant to be used during natural disasters such as hurricanes. The team included fifth-graders John Hartnett and Owen Pye, with fourth-graders Lucia Connolly and Mirabelle DelGuidice. The team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Amy Hartnett.

Congratulations to all of these young science research students!