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Kids’ ‘tooth tool’ concept takes prize

Kingsley Elemetary School first graders Celeste Marter, Claire McMichael, Mia Rehwaldt and Graham Umbanhowar have won an honorable mention for their science project in the national Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards.

This research and development team coached by teacher Karen Reid and parent Ann Marie McMichael met after school and discussed, planned and researched a problem and a technology to solve it.

The team then imagined and explored what that technology could be like 20 years from now and prepared a report to describe their vision to others.

Their product was called "Tooth Out," a special hand-held machine to help children ease the pain and discomfort of loose teeth.

About the size of an electric toothbrush, the Tooth Out machine would contain a special enzyme to dissolve the roots of primary or baby teeth, a local anesthetic to soothe painful gums and a vibrating nozzle or clamp to wiggle teeth which can also pull out the tooth.

Winning the honorable mention places the projects in the top 10 percent of all entries nationwide. More information about the program is available online.

 

 

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