1. Description of Our Team
Kaushik, 14, is a very intelligent, young man who has many interests. He is dedicated to everything he faces and doesn't stop for anything. He is very passionate towards many fields of both math and science, and hopes to one day achieve a doctorate in the field of Cardiology and use it to become an accomplished cardiac surgeon. His hobbies include playing basketball, participating in competitive programs, and swimming.
Arya, 14, is a very educated and fun-loving person. He is very talented and passionate about mathematics and developed leadership skills from his time as an elected school treasurer in Middle school. He has many hobbies such as programming. Through all his experiences, he discovered a love for neurology which is why he wants to grow up and have a career as a neurosurgeon. He believes nanotechnology is a viable cure to many neural diseases.
Vooha, 14, joined our team a little later but we are still elated to have her. The beauty of science has always enthralled Vooha Putalapattu, an 8th grader. She enjoys reading about new technologies like Nanotechnology, and Genetic Engineering, and doing medical projects like Hepatitis outreach, and Hematology case studies. Her ideal game plan is to get into TJHSST, then to graduate out of Harvard or John’s Hopkins, and then become a Hematologist that works with Genetics.
We have been all been great friends for a while and we share many interest such as nanotechnology, so when we heard of Doors to Diplomacy, we sprung on the opportunity. We decided to research nanotechnology because we all thought it was a fascinating topic. Nanotechnology is thought to potentially cure many diseases, which we want to start proving in this project and in our futures.
2. Summary of Our Project
Nanotechnology is a growing field of science which has great potential to cure many problems in today's world. Nano cells function on a molecular scale, which can help solve problems in places that current technology cannot hope to reach, but the great complexity of developing these cells has delayed progress in this field. However, when nanotechnology because a viable reality it can used to solve some of the greatest modern-day complications.
The HIV virus operates on a molecular scale, where it attacks and kills the bodies t-cells. T-cells are basically the lifeguard of our bodies, where their main function is to preemptively detect viruses, diseases, and infections before they proceed to contaminate the body.
Everyone has cancer cells inside them, but they are way too small for modern technology to detect or destroy. Right now, cancer cells have to multiply into the billions before our most advanced machines can detect them. This is a cause for concern; because by the time we detect the cancerous material, there will be no other option but to use chemotherapy or radiation treatment to destroy the cancerous parts. These methods often cause organ and cell burns, while also damaging healthy and critical tissue. Future generations may be able to overcome this inability by using nanotechnology.
Both these diseases are threating the lives of many people around the globe, but these diseases can be fought with the strengths of nanotechnology in the near future. The field may take many years to fully develop, but when it does become successful, these diseases do not stand a chance.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Over the course of our project, we had a few problems. First of all, all of us are very busy and we are students at different schools. We all have sports practices and competitions to attend, so we had trouble coming up with meeting times that we can all agree to. Also, we all had huge school projects that that were to be done at the same time as this project. Additionally, whenever we did meet, we didn't always have access to computers and internet connection. Also, since nanotechnology is an emerging field, we didn't have many resources or guidance. We had to make do with the resources on the internet.Other than that, we didn't have any other difficulties or obstacles that hindered us from progressing through this assignment.
Even though we had these obstacles, we overcame them through determination and organization. We planned around our busy schedules every week up to the deadline for completion. We solved our resource scarcity problems by spending countless hours shifting thought the internet for reliable sources and information. Our planning skills and determination ensured that we were able to successfully and adeptly complete this project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This amazing opportunity has allowed us to further explore the amazing world of nanotechnology. We also learned key life skills such as teamwork, compromise, and organization skills.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our school standards influence us to learn new key life skills such as teamwork, debate, source citation, and more. If we weren't taught these basic skills at our school, then we would have struggled in completing this project. This project was a great opportunity to implement and improve these skills. It gave us a real life situation where we had to be self-motivated.
As a group, we learned how to cooperate and effectively work together. We successfully organized our meeting and planned ahead to meet. Our school requires that we learn specific skills to be ready for high school. This project was an ancillary to the school's goals.
We discovered that our educational system is setup for students of our maturity. It does not require concepts and skills that are for the more mature high school and college students. For example, our teachers give us reminders on projects and homework. However, high school teachers expect the students to turn it in themselves.
The internet definitely made this project much easier and helped us be more efficient. Without it, getting research would have been very tough and we wouldn't have been able to complete the website. Even though the topic at hand is fairly new, the internet provided some great information that could not be found anywhere else. Also, because we were allowed to create a website, we didn't need to compile all the information by hand, which would have been a tedious task.