Inspiring high school students about biosensor technology

About

Next to our Student Competition we organize the High Schools Project. Within this project we aim to motivate young talents for technology and for all its diversity applied to biosensors. Each year the project focuses on a theme which is relevant to the theme of SensUs in that corresponding year. The high school students will work in groups and will come up with new ideas according to the TRIZ model (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving). This method means that social needs and problems are identified and translated into new inventions. Furthermore, SensUs provides the assignment description, organizes a starting lecture and literature which will take place at the TU/e. Additionally, an excursion is organized to get a more practical view of the subject. In the end, the high school students will have developed a concept biosensor which takes into account the user and clinical relevance.

The pilot of the project was in 2016. Together with the Eindhoven School of Education (ESoE) the concept for the SensUs High Schools Project was made. There were three participating groups from one high school. One of these groups even won the OMO-prize, which is the prize for best ‘profielwerkstuk’ of North-Brabant.

Epilepsy

Theme 2020

The theme of SensUs 2020 is epilepsy. The student teams participating in the competition are creating biosensors that measure the free fraction of the drug valproate in blood plasma. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disease that affects about 50 million people worldwide and is characterized by recurrent seizures. Valproate is a drug that is prescribed to patients with epilepsy. Each year we try to connect the theme of the High Schools Project to the theme of the SensUs Student Competition, so this years High Schools Project also concerns epileptic disease.

The assignment for the SensUs High Schools Project is to develop a concept of a biosensor. In order to come up with the biosensor plan a literature study is conducted and further skills are developed during pitch and poster trainings and an excursion. The participants will not only focus on the relevant processes for detecting the biomarker, they will also pay attention to the usability and the societal relevance of such biosensor. The societal impact is an important aspect in the project.

The participating high school students will get the opportunity to present their developments on the 28th of August during the SensUs Event with a poster and a pitch in the Atlas building of the TU/e.

High schools winners

Rules

To participate in the SensUs High Schools Project, the following guidelines apply:

  • The level of the project is most suitable for 4/5VWO. 
  • Advised are group sizes from 1-5, so individual participation is also possible.
  • Be available on the last Friday of August to attend the SensUs Event.
  • Be willing to put effort into an extracurriculair project, from February until July.
  • The project can be combined with “profielwerkstuk (pws)”.

Contact

SensUs attaches great importance to stimulating young students for technical projects such as the High Schools Project and thereby creating awareness for biosensors. By participating students can really see what a technical study entails. Not only can they orientate well in this way, but they also practice their soft skills such as making scientific posters, collaborating in groups and giving presentations.

For more information or registration, mail to highschools@sensus.org

 If you are here regarding the NLT module Biosensors, you can find the Team Results Documents of the Teams in the archive (see year --> results --> Teams)