Student Scientists Sports Research At ISEF 2024 Designed To Impact Paris Olympics With Green Technology

“Feel The Ball” research aims to develop an innovative system that makes sporting events more accessible and engaging to sports enthusiasts with vision or hearing impairments

Climate change and hotter temperatures are everywhere including at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. Elite athletes from all over the world will get together in France and compete across sporting events, the same way an innovative group of high school scientists are doing with global changing, green technologies they designed through sports research. The next step is delivering these impactful and doable concepts at the ongoing Society for Science x Regeneron 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). More than $9 million will be awarded to students to continue their important work at various Ivy League and other institutions next year. Highlighted in the Sports Techie community blog are details below on the high school seniors and their research projects. Featured are an eclectic mix of new devices that improve both summer and winter Olympic sports as well as assisting with protecting an athlete’s health, including impaired athletes, through improved shoes to sustainable solutions for sporting arenas, using cutting edge technology and science like AI, Piezoelectricity and Biomimicry, and a device that uses a 3D printer, optical sensors, an ESP32, an LCD, a 3D gyro, a 3D accelerometer, and a lithium battery. Regeneron ISEF 2024 L.A. prize winners will be announced on Friday, May 17. These developing and driven student minds are pushing the boundaries of sports science and technology at Regeneron ISEF 2024.

Society for Science x Regeneron 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA

Six Global Sports and Science Entries

Sophie Shi

MATS024 – A Novel Way to Reduce Shoe Temperatures on Turf

·       Sophie Shi (Madison, WI) created spray technology designed to combat the scorching heat that radiates from turf fields, causing health & physical concerns. The spray reflects heat before it enters the shoe – a low-cost strategy that demonstrated a notable reduction in shoe temperatures to keep athletes’ feet cooler during play. 

SOFT009 – Feel the Ball

·       Amy Zhang (Morrison, CO) conducted research to make sporting events more accessible and engaging to sports enthusiasts with vision or hearing impairments. Unlike existing captioning-based or audio-based assistance methods, the innovative system she created enables users to feel the spatial, dynamic ball movements, providing more immersive accessibility to live sports.

The Digital Air Rifle Ballistic Measuring Device

EBED031T – The Digital Air Rifle Ballistic Measuring Device

·       Sophie Filion (Fenwick Ontario) created a digital measuring device that can detect the speed of the rifle pellets an athlete shoots within marksmanship and biathlon competitions, and tell you exactly what they did when they took their shot. It is an affordable device that can elevate these Olympic sports in the future.

The project explored biomimicry to optimize bobsleigh design

ETSD007T – Design Optimization of Bobsleighs Using Biomimicry

·       Nicholas Zhang and Zaahid Sader (Johannesburg, South Africa) drew inspiration from shapes and animals in nature that are known to be fast to design a new bobsleigh that can be used to compete in the Olympics. (Picture linked.)

“Beat the Heat” takes on a novel approach by providing a monitor that can be worn when performing activities in the heat and combines quantitative and qualitative real-time data to detect the onset of heat exhaustion symptoms

ENBM007T – Beat the Heat: AI-Based Approach to Save Lives

·       Colin Hacker, Oluwatimileyin Thomas and Asher Levine (Peachtree, GA) created a device for real-time monitoring and detection of heat exhaustion. The wearable device – a chest strap monitoring system connected to a mini-computer – provides live data of vital signs and symptoms of athletes who may be experiencing heat exhaustion, a timely intervention that could save lives.

Gyeongyun Min constructed a basketball stadium model and performed digital simulations to analyze sound pressure trends based on the speaker layout, determining optimal locations for piezoelectric generators.

EGSD010 – Acoustic Energy Harvesting With Piezoelectricity

·       Gyeongyun Min (Lake Charles, LA) explored how we can convert the loud cheers and noises in a sports arena into electrical energy using a technology called piezoelectricity. Using special materials that can capture the energy from sound waves and turn it into power we can use, sports arenas can be more sustainable and eco-friendlier in the future. 

Sports Techie, ISEF is a program of Society of Science.

I was given the option to speak with these inspiring Generation Z scientists but upon reflection, I didn’t know who to choose. One of the entries came from here in Georgia. Another tackles Adaptive Sports and since my son is on the autism spectrum, this thoughtful project hit close to my heart. I personally like the idea of converting sound vibrations into energy via piezoelectricity and thought about the ongoing NBA playoffs and how loud the arenas get when passionate, hometown fans scream at the top of their lungs in the biggest moments, and how harnessing that green energy could power stadium lights and more.

In the end, I leave it to you to click on the student’s name links above and do your own research as I did. These amazing projects are well researched, educational and fun, while also possessing the real ability to transform sustainability in sports like the green economy, products and solutions, promise to do.

In case you are wondering, the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris take place July 26 to August 11.

Huge shout out to Edelman for sharing this story with our International readers and followers.

I believe in these six projects and the students scientists that designed them.

The world will be a better place thanks to Regeneron ISEF 2024.

See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!

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