The final challenge for this year is being set by MIT Bioengineer professor James “Jim” Collins. He has challenged the NAE students to combine imaging knowledge and biology to invent a product, repurpose a technology, or design a new medical tool.
As we have all become aware during this pandemic, creating ways to diagnose the disease quickly, accurately, and inexpensively can have a huge impact on global health. Ironically, this challenge was set before the pandemic outbreak.
This challenge will be the focus of this week's “Be Ambitious, Be Better” sessions in Secondary. Students will research what imaging tools are currently available and how they relate to biotechnology. They will then research a health issue of personal or local significance and learn about its impact on patients. After this, they will work in teams to see if they can come up with a potential solution to this health issue.
We believe that by challenging our students like this early in their lives and developing these critical skills, they will grow and become the new problem-solvers for tomorrows world challenges.
- Oliver McGuinness, Head of Science