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Northview Students Place 2nd In ExploraVision Competition

Yashi Sanghvi, Amy Hu and Amanda Zhang developed the kidney microfilter regulation device, an artificial silicone kidney that will be surgically implanted into a patient’s body

Students Yashi Sanghvi, Amy Hu and Amanda Zhang with Northview High School biology teacher Sara Lepkofker.
Students Yashi Sanghvi, Amy Hu and Amanda Zhang with Northview High School biology teacher Sara Lepkofker.
Three Northview High School students recently placed second in the NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision competition. 

Yashi Sanghvi, Amy Hu, and Amanda Zhang joined nearly 5,000 other teams from across the United States and Canada to develop an innovative technology that could help build a better future.

The Northview team developed the kidney microfilter regulation device, an artificial silicone kidney that will be surgically implanted into a patient’s body.

This innovative device earned the students a national second place award for grades 7-9 in the competition.  

Northview biology teacher Sara Lepkofker said she's been participating in ExploraVision as a part of her honors biology curriculum for three years.

"The reason is that it fits perfectly with our STEM county initiatives, (which is) to promote the development of student knowledge and abilities to apply STEM principles and problem solving in academic and real world settings," she added.

Student Amanda Zhang also said she enjoyed participating in the competition "because it has allowed me to study and learn about so many different subjects that I probably would have never researched if I wasn't in the competition."

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