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Eastern Tech Students Finalists in Innovation Challege Competition

The students need the public's help in gathering online votes as part of the competition's judging process.

A group of Eastern Technical High School students need your help as they attempt to win a national innovation competition.

The student team—Young Cho, Melissa Smith, Paula Nwosu, Josh DiGiacomo and Alona Green—is one of 15 finalists in the Conrad Foundation’s fifth annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

According to a news release, the Conrad Challenge "inspires teams of high school students across the globe to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to create commercially viable, technology-based products in specific categories."

Through March 23, the public can review the projects and cast a vote for their favorite team.

Eastern Tech's project is called the PowerWalk: A pair of "high-technology, energy-efficient shoes which generate energy as the user walks, runs, or participates in other physical activity," according to the release.

The shoes harvest the energy and can be used to recharge a variety of electronic devices.

While the online voting closes on March 23, the finalists will gather March 29-31 for the Innovation Summit, which will take place at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. There, the teams will be judged in a variety of categories.

The People’s Choice Award winning team members will each receive a Kindle Fire, according to the release.

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