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Battle of the Brains Winners Announced

Post Date:02/09/2018 8:00 AM
The Germantown Education Commission wrapped up its seventh annual Battle of the Brains competition over the weekend at Houston High School. The goal of the competition is to energize students’ interest in math and science. The Education Commission aims to encourage young people to pursue careers in these exciting fields to find new ideas through research, then translating these ideas into products and getting these products to the marketplace. The competition is generously sponsored by Iberia Bank.

The first place project went to Houston High students Madeline Aronson, Ilana Kuliyeva and Zachary Huntsman for their project Med Free Focus. The project was created in order to help those struggling to focus, even with medication. Med Free Focus proposed a pair of glasses that uses a microcomputer to analyze focus, eye movement and REM. These glasses could physically prevent the wearer from daydreaming by changing focus using a 5U current.

The second place project was Space Medical Kit and Real-Time Prosthetic Devising by Sakssham Rajan Saksena from Houston High School. Using CAM and 3D printing, Sakssham designed a multi-purpose medical kit that can be carried as a digital file. The kit includes tools essential for diagnosing and treating maladies. The tools included in the kit can be used for a variety of medical and non-medical uses.

The students behind the third place project are Parth Patel from Houston High School, Kyle Gan from Memphis University School and Karen Gan from White Station High School, for their Medical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project. The students created an unmanned aerial vehicle that can supply medicine to elderly patients. The UAV would be directed through GPS signals. The vehicle would have various degrees of flight autonomy and would be controlled by pharmacies.

The projects were judged by Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer, Professor Department of Pathology University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Dr. Sridhar Shankar, Chief of Radiology at Regional One Health and Professor of Radiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Dr. Asela Wijeratne, Professor of Bioinformatics Arkansas State University.

The Education Commission would like to congratulate all of the winning teams. They also thank all of the students who participated for their pursuit of academic excellence. The members of the Education Commission are Mindy Fischer - Chairman, Scott Williams, Barbara Boyer, Steve Chandler, Tina Powis-Dow, Anthony Smith, Manjit Kaur, Shawn Lane, GMSD School Board Chairman Betsy Landers, Dino Palazzolo, Vice Mayor Mary Anne Gibson, Julie Ganey, Audrey Grossman and Terri Harris.
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