The hallowed halls of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences boast the development of a water filtration system for low resource settings, an air pollution detection sensor for those susceptible to asthmatic attacks, and a temperature monitor that can be integrated into a football player's uniform. And those are just a few of the biomedical innovations that came out of Hk Maker Lab's six week summer program for high school students. Hypothekids executive director, Christine Kovich and Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, Dr. Aaron Kyle devised Hk Maker Lab as a means of introducing NYC youth to the biomedical engineering design process as a way of solving real world global health issues. Learning takes places through lectures, workshops, lab procedures, and, lastly, lots of prototyping. After gaining a deep understanding of the engineering design and learning to build simple biomedical devices such as heart and respiratory rate monitors, students spend the last several weeks identifying a biomedical problem and working in teams to solve it. The devices and systems students develop go from blueprint to functional machines; ready to be tested, refined, and eventually pitched in front of a panel of leading executives from the biomedical community. Winners have the opportunity to further develop their prototypes at Harlem Biospace , to continue their mission to improve life conditions and patient outcomes. Watch the Seen in New York episode on Harlem Biospace and read more about Hypothekids .
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