2015-AIC-Main-1st-place

The results are in for UAF’s 7th annual Arctic Innovation Competition! Competitors pitched wonderful and creative ideas to judges to win over $25,000 in prizes.

Main Division (Ages 13 and up)

  • 1st Place – $10,000

    Cameron Gackstetter

    The ThawHead

    The ThawHead is a portable, 40-pound apparatus which uses a two-stage process to first thaw ice and then remove the melt water and debris quickly and efficiently, exposing the interior of the container or area needing repair work.

     

  • 2nd Place – $5,000

    Simon Evans

    Active Hydronic Ground Cooling Conversion System for Existing Passive Cooling Infrastructure

    This invention converts an existing passive cooling element such as a thermosyphon into an active foundation cooling system. This idea also won the Arctic Kicker award

 

  • 3rd Place – $2,000

    Mark Gunkel, Nate Ayers, Eric Ulery & Jake Minnillo

    Tidal Pumped Hydro Storage

    This project uses tidal power to pump seawater into elevated reservoirs for later conversion into electricity.

 

  • 4th Place – $1,000

    Duncan Meyers

    Arctic Stone Products

    Arctic Stone is a unique concrete that utilizes waste fly ash, waste expanded polystyrene foam (packaging foam/insulation), and Portland cement.

 

Kicker Prizes

  • Alaska Student Kicker – $2,000

    Eric Bookless, Isaac Lammers, Daniel Sandstrom and Neil Gotschall

    Paraplegic Sit Ski

    To accommodate the needs of paraplegic individuals, this cross-country sit-ski uses the design of a skateboard truck, which pivots as a skier leans form side to side to turn the axle, to allow the skier to navigate by simply moving their upper body.

  • Arctic Kicker – $2,000

    Simon Evans

    Active Hydronic Ground Cooling Conversion System for Existing Passive Cooling Infrastructure

    This invention converts an existing passive cooling element such as a thermosyphon into an active foundation cooling system. This idea also won 2nd Place in the Main Division.

 

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Parker Merrifield

Commercial & General Aviation Holo-HUD System

By integrating this new technology with existing aviation avionics, such as weather radar, and collision avoidance systems, HUD systems have the opportunity to drastically improve the safety of the aviation industry.

 

Honorable Mentions – $100

  • Matthew Anctil – Handheld Microfluidics Photofluorometer
  • Edmond Apassingok – Cold Weather Welding Helmet
  • Eric Bookless, Isaac Lammers, Daniel Sandstrom & Neil Gotschall – Paraplegic Sit Ski
  • Kelvin Brodersen – Cone Bung
  • Jeffrey H. Dean – Eye Leveler Gallery Pole
  • Geoff Erwin – All Terrain Fat Tire Electric Scooter
  • Marc Golat, Gary Taylor & Dustin Golat – Thread Wizard Bolt Cleaner
  • Bruno Grunau, Robbin Garber-Slaght and Vanessa Stevens – The BrHEAThe System: Integrated Heating and Ventilation
  • Paul Kuhn – Ice vs. Erosion
  • Tom Lakosh – All Purpose Oil Spill Response Vessel
  • Parker Merrifield – Commericial & General Aviation Holo-HUD System
  • Marc Mueller-Stoffels & Jeremy Vandermeer – The ST100 Fast Signal Converter
  • Shane Ohms – Energy Efficient Transport
  • Joshua Swisher – Hot Ice Igloo
  • Dr. Peter Webley – Online Camera Archive and Analysis Environment (ONCE)

 

JR Division (Ages 13-17)

  • 1st Place – $500

    William DeWilde

    Temperature Regulated Oven

    A thermometer, which can be placed inside the meat or other food that is cooking, can regulate the oven temperature by either turning it off or switching to a lower temperature once the thermometer attains a certain temperature.

 

  • 2nd Place – $300

    Samuel Gabe Greenberg & Kyle Hackett

    Street Snow Searer

    To solve the problem of snow piling up on roadways a large truck with a holding tank and a series of vacuums will suck up the snow, which will be heated in the tank and then dumped into the city sewer system or designated snow runoff area.

 

  • 3rd Place – $200

    Kaylynn Balcom

    Notice Me

    This idea is for a set of headphones that is able to stop the music when they are no longer on your head. It would pause the sounds until the headphones are replaced on your head.

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Samuel Gabe Greenberg and Kyle Hackett

Street Snow Searer

To solve the problem of snow piling up on roadways a large truck with a holding tank and a series of vacuums will suck up the snow, which will be heated in the tank and then dumped into the city sewer system or designated snow runoff area.

 

Honorable Mentions – $25

  • Kaylynn Balcom – Heat Me: Lunch Box
  • Will Blanc and Marcellin Niset – Rainproof Rucksak
  • Marcellin Niset and William Blanc – Xtratuf Flip-Flop

Cub Division (Ages 12 and under)

  • 1st Place – $500

    Gage Tilly

    Smoke Choke – Pollution Reduction for Wood Stoves

    Smoke Choke uses an ESP (electrostatic precipitator) to reduce the particles of smoke escaping a wood stove chimney. When turned on, the smoke particles passing through are positively charged and are attracted to negatively charged plates; this takes the smoke particles out of the air stream.

 

  • 2nd Place – $300

    Corbin Becker

    Plastic Digester for Recycling

    This plastic digester degrades plastic in less than a year, using a metal tub, Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas spp. (aerobic soil bacteria), and some broth that the chemicals will live in; it also has utensils to stir up the broth and some tubing to aerate it.

 

  • 3rd Place – $200

    Isaac Fisher

    Fraction App

    This game would make you use fractions to achieve a goal; as you get farther into the game the fractions would get progressively harder, thus making learning fractions fun.

 

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Corbin Becker

Plastic Digester for Recycling

This plastic digester degrades plastic in less than a year, using a metal tub, Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas spp. (aerobic soil bacteria), and some broth that the chemicals will live in; it also has utensils to stir up the broth and some tubing to aerate it.

 

 

Honorable Mentions – $25

  • Cadence Conner and Ahnika Esteson – SnowSki
  • Isaac Fisher – Variable Gears
  • Griffin Godines – Soccer Helmets