For the past term and a half, a small team of Year 9 students have been involved in The 7th BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge. BrainSTEM is an organisation that connects students with lecturers or PhD students from universities within Melbourne to explore an area of interest. Our students have travelled weekly to Swinburne University in Hawthorn to work with Dr Scott Rayburg to create a solution to a real-world problem.

Dr Rayburg is a fluvial geomorphologist and hydrologist with expertise in catchment management, environmental flows, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, GIS, remote sensing and data analysis. His research focuses on diversity and complexity in physical systems and on applying multidisciplinary approaches (including physical, biological and social aspects) to solving scientific and natural resource management problems.

The Bialik students chose to design and create a prototype of a medical app, called MIMIC (Medical Information for Mapping, Investigation and Control). Over the 10-week period, they were guided by Dr Rayburg through all of the stages of design and on Monday 19 November, they presented their app at The BrainSTEM celebration evening. This presentation, hosted by Swinburne University, was attended by those within the BrainSTEM community as well as university lecturers, parents and friends.

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