A global call for high-school students to create human-centric solutions using “Whole System Design Thinking” or “Design Thinking” process.

Human-Centric Solutions

is an approach to product/solution development that puts people first and focusses on user needs, desires and abilities at the center of the development process.

Whole Systems Design Thinking

is an approach that aims to integrate social, economic and environmental factors, interrelationships, and phenomena into a comprehensive design solution.

Design Thinking

is a non-linear, iterative process which seeks to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions.

Swarm Intelligent Mobile Application in the Detection and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Gurseerat Kaur Kakar, Grade 11

High School: American High School, Fremont, CA

Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Abstract:

This research paper intends to design an accessible innovation that allows for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in the general population. Alzheimer’s is a gradually progressive neurological disease that causes problems in memory, thinking, and general functioning by causing the brain to shrink. Today there are 55 million cases worldwide, and by 2050, it will officially become a global pandemic. And unfortunately, there is no current treatment that has proven to work, allowing it to become the sixth largest cause of death in America. Therefore, attainable prevention for the population is key in order to prevent this large rise in cases. The solution is a unique mobile application that will apply swarm intelligence, along with nature’s other time-tested strategies, to accurately diagnose and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The apps on today’s market that attempt to be support systems or provide online games to assist Alzheimer’s patients don’t contain any accurate method of collecting real data from the user’s distinctive condition. This app is unmatched due to its implementation of an emerging type of artificial intelligence to healthcare to gather and analyze data from various parts of the user’s brain.  This data is then used to assist the user in creating a healthier lifestyle, indulge in specifically chosen games meant to strengthen the user’s neural connections and ultimately their cognition, and lastly, provide an analytic report for the user to take to their physician if intervention is required so the user is able to live a longer, more memorable life.

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Solution to Soil Degradation

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Ramanathan Valliappan, Grade 11

High School: Dublin High School, Dublin, CA

Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Abstract:

The objective of this research article is to address the problems of agriculture soil degradation, and the lack of soil regeneration. Due to recent increase in chemical usage, the soil and crop quality has substantially degraded, which ultimately affects our health. My solution is a two phased approach to first restore the soil and then keep it in a cyclic regeneration process. By utilizing biomimicry, green chemistry, and design strategies, the multi-step soil restoration process can be implemented to extract unwanted chemical pollutants, restore microorganisms, and preserve water and nutrients. The next phase of soil regeneration utilizes cloud computing and strategies from nature. Sensors are used to monitor soil levels and the data collected is analyzed through an Artificial Intelligence based cloud software. Current soil levels and the specific corrective actions are communicated through a mobile app, taking out any guess work in managing soil quality. The innovative device to increase the attractiveness for pollinators and the cyclic regeneration process helps improve and maintain the soil quality for better crop yield in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.

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The Astrosuit: The Ultimate Ionizing Radiation Shield

Process Used: Whole System Design Thinking

Author: Prableen K. Kakar, Grade 11

High School: American High School, Fremont, CA

Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Abstract:

This research paper aims to uniquely address the challenge of the immense quantities of ionizing radiation present in space that is inhibiting the advancement of space exploration. Ionizing radiation is extremely injurious to biological systems such as the human body because it can stimulate DNA damage and cultivate cancer along with other acute health conditions, which is why astronauts need to be shielded from it during their expedition. The solution is a distinctive nature-inspired suit that mimics biological strategies to offer complete protection. The design of this suit is heavily reliant on nature’s time-tested tactics, considering nature has had billions of years to test, develop, and perfect its methods and techniques, ensuring the success of its strategies. Along with biomimicry, the industrial design process, green chemistry, and the utilization of nature’s life principles also were crucial to the blueprinting process. The suit can be worn by astronauts in pressurized spaces with oxygen such as inside the space capsule or planetary habitat, as well as embedded into their Intravehicular Activity (IVA)/Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suits. It is designed to effectively deflect, absorb, and convert ionizing radiation, even healing irradiation damage to an extent. The implementation of this suit in the space industry would clear the pathway for current space exploration objectives, such as interplanetary travel and inhabitancy, not to mention attaining a greater understanding of our place in the universe and beyond.

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