BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge for Year 9 Students

News From The Rosenkranz Centre for Excellence and Acheivement

Earlier this term, students from Year 9 were invited to submit applications to join the Bialik BrainSTEM team, a group of 4 students who will be participating in BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge requires students, together with a university mentor, to highlight a problem within our society and develop a real-world solution to it. Innovations that schools and mentors have developed in previous Innovation Challenges include:

  • The development of a spill-proof Parkinson’s mug
  • The programming of a robotic arm to aid in meal preparation for those living at home with a disability
  • Monitoring retained heat in synthetic grass
  • The creation of a cortisol detector to be fitted around a tooth to detect spiking stress levels in teenagers.

Our students attended the launch at Swinburne University on 8 March and were partnered with Professor Paul Stoddart, Director of Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre in Biodevices. His research interests include applied optics and biophotonics with projects in the areas of fibre optic sensors, Raman spectroscopy and laser nerve stimulation.

Over the next 12 weeks our BrainSTEM team will meet regularly with Professor Stoddart to design and build a prototype which will then be shared at a presentation evening attended by all schools participating in the challenge.

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