A team of three first graders at Evanston’s Kingsley Elementary School has been named one of 24 regional winners of the 2013 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition.

As a result, the school was presented with a Toshiba laptop computer for use in designing a website to promote their project for national judging.

The winning project that was conceptualized by the team was a “Lice-A-Nator,” a computerized hairbrush that would use special bristles and processors to detect and eradicate the existence of lice.

The team included first-graders Maggie Huerta, Nina Kaiser, and Mackenzie Grego, along with their teacher/coach Karen Reid and parent mentor Joel Huerta.

The Kingsley class also had a runner up team comprised of Claire Perkoski, Spencer George, William Sieland, and Kaitlin Maji that conceptualized a super flosser to address future dental hygiene issues.

Top: Winners (from left) Maggie Huerta, Nina Kaiser, and Mackenzie Grego

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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