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Mainland High School Takes Top Honors in International Science and Technology Fair

Mainland High School in Volusia County took top honors with “Suitable for a Disaster,” which described wearable sensors linked with disaster response communications infrastructure, in the U.S. Department of Commerce's 12th Annual Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF), a program administered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce.

During the ISF, student teams apply technology to real-world problems. They work with a practicing scientist or engineer as the team's technical advisor, and publish their final reports in a student-designed Web site that is then judged against others from across the U.S. and other participating countries. Top teams receive certificates of award from the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office.

The team of students this year integrated technology from various industries into one multi-faceted communications system. The objective was to provide a platform for interoperability among various disaster relief agencies so that loss of life and property would be minimized beyond current capabilities.

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