David Thompson students Narae Kim, Jairah Alindogan and Yvonne Hao took top prize in the Grade 7 - 9 age group in this year's ExploraVision contest, the largest K-12 science and technology competition in the world.
Their submission aimed to find a better way to treat trigeminal neuralgia, an extremely painful condition of the nerves that has seen only mixed success in the past. The DT team developed an injection which delivers the medication directly to the painful area. This starts out as a liquid which flows throughout the affected area and becomes a gel, which coats the nerve endings and reduces or eliminates the pain.
"It is a simple and elegant solution to a very acute and complex condition, which throughout history has caused enormous suffering to those who have it," says Iona Whishaw, Principal at David Thompson.
Kim, Alindogan and Hao were one of only two teams in Canada to win the compeition, which challenges students to work in teams and design innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. In addition to the prestige accrued by the win, each young woman will recieve a $10,000 savings bond.
The ExploraVision program has awarded $4,440,000 to more than 287,000 participants since its inception in 1992; up to $240,000 in savings bonds and Toshiba products are awarded each year.
To learn more about the ExploraVision contest, click here.