Monday, July 09, 2012

The Freeze Stick

A team of yeshiva students from Yerucham in southern Israel has won second place in a global science competition. Six 14-year-old yeshiva boys from Yerucham garnered one of two runner-up awards in the First Lego League (FLL) Global Innovation competition. The First Lego League Global Innovation Award is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems. This year, the FLL Food Factor season challenged kids around the world to solve a food safety problem.

Eitam Aharon, Ilan Ben-Hamo, Naftali Deutsch, Tidhar Gavar, Dvir Cohen and Yedidya Froyndlich of Tzvia Yeshiva emerged victorious, beating 250 other teams to become the first Israeli team to win an FLL competition. They will receive a $5,000 grant to continue their research.

They invented the “FreezeStick,” which is a fantastic device to help with food storage.  The FreezeStick, which contains chemicals, renews the freezing of ice in a cooler, gaining 10 extra hours of cooling. The stick, when folded, sets off a chemical reaction that renews the freezing of the ice. More important than keeping our franks, burgers, and drinks cold, the FreezeStick can be used to help in the transport of medicines that must be kept cold. The FLL finalist teams were honored at a ceremony at the United States Patent and TrademarkOffice.

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