National High School Design Competition

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Brett Kim, age 18, Lena Luostarinen, age 17 Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA Last year, 56% of seniors reported feeling isolated, more than double the percentage in 2018. The increase of digital socialization has led to added stress and frustration for seniors, causing less interaction. Isolated seniors face a greater than 50% risk for...
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Ariane Lee, age 17 Syosset High School, Syosset, NY Gynecologist appointments are feared by many women. Having your genitals examined by anyone, even a doctor, leaves you feeling vulnerable, anxious, and exposed. Every year, eight million American women skip their pelvic exams that screen for cervical cancer. Gynecologists cite “gyno anxiety” as a significant contributing...
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Eleanor Lewis, age 16, and Lizmar Torres, age 16 Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL Teacher: Eric Hankin Residents of hospitals and assisted living centers are confined to their rooms, with little exposure to nature. This issue has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, as residents are under quarantine. Being distanced from nature is detrimental...
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Smridhi Mahajan, age 16 Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Rockaway, NJ Whether it be at small gatherings or large events, my friends and I have suffered the effects of food allergies. Feeling left out during these times, combined with the potential of being in a life or death situation, makes living with a food...
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Amanda Pajak, age 15 Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Upton, MA Teacher: Adele Ellis Cameras can be hard to use for people with limited mobility and people in wheelchairs. My design helps people more easily use and hold a camera so they can experience the fun and creativeness of photography with various photography...
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Delaney Rice, age 17 High Tech High School, Secaucus, NJ Teacher: Vanessa Medina I identified the importance of face masks and the unfortunate harm they cause the environment. We all need to wear masks during Covid-19, but the traditional surgical mask is not recyclable or biodegradable. This is an issue for everyone because it adds...
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Michael Valadez-Barba, age 15 Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, CA Teacher: Jackie Ying A person who is deaf, hard of hearing, or has hearing loss may struggle to catch important announcements in public places such as fire alarms, airplane announcements, etc. These situations can be very stressful, frustrating, and even life-threatening. My design...
Winner
Priya Agarwal, age 17, and Anika Agnihotri, age 16 Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Rockaway, NJ A lack of representation in media has been a consistent problem within our society. Underrepresented family structures, such as LGBTQ+ couples or multiracial families, are rarely portrayed. Children in these families often feel excluded when they cannot identify...
Finalist
Skye Peterson, age 18 Communications High School, Wall Township, NJ Teacher: Laura Fallon The placement and naming of “feminine napkin” dispensers can be harmful to transgender men. Even if they are found in men’s restrooms, they are typically located in the common area which would reveal the person’s identity as transgender. The Accessible Hygiene Product...