Inspiring high school students about biosensor technology
In addition to our Student Competition, we organize the High Schools project. This project aims to motivate young talent for technology and encourage high school students to design their own biosensors. Each year, the project focuses on a corresponding theme of the SensUs Student Competition.
SensUs provides the high school students with an assignment, organizes a starting lecture that will take place at the TU/e, and will give the high school students relevant literature regarding the theme. Additionally, an excursion is organized to get a more practical insight into the subject. At the beginning of July, all high school students come to the Eindhoven University of Technology to present their final biosensor concepts and the winner will be graded on a final pitch, presentation, and the concept itself, taking the user and clinical relevance into account. The winning team will also get the opportunity to present their developments at the end of August during the SensUs Event with a pitch for a group of international bachelor's and master's students at the TU/e.
The pilot of the High School 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 the best ‘profielwerkstuk’ of the Dutch province North-Brabant.
Traumatic brain injury
This year’s theme is traumatic brain injury (TBI), corresponding with the biomarker GFAP (Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein). It is fairly easy to suffer from TBI, e.g. when you fall down and bump your head on the ground or a soccer ball that was shot against your head. It is of the utmost importance to check the severity of the TBI quickly for a speedy recovery because, naturally, you want to prevent chronic concentration problems, fatigue, headaches, or memory loss.
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 1-6, so individual participation is also possible.
- Be available at the beginning of September to attend the SensUs Event.
- Be willing to put effort into an extracurricular project, from February until July.
- The project can be combined with “profielwerkstuk (pws)”.
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, highschool students can experience what a technical study entails.
For more information or registration, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org