Hk Maker Lab – for Students

Hk Maker Lab is committed to providing engaging and meaningful engineering design experiences to New York City high school students. The Hk Maker Lab summer program brings together 24 students from around the city for six weeks of hands-on learning at Columbia’s department of Biomedical Engineering. Students work in teams to identify a health problem, develop and test a functional prototype, and develop a business plan around their device. The program culminates in a pitch event, where student teams present their work to distinguished members of the biotech community. Particularly successful projects may even be incubated at the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace. Exemplary students are eligible for a paid internship in a biotech company or research lab at Columbia.

Applications for the 2019 summer program open on december 15, 2018.

 

Past Hk Maker Lab Projects

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E-Z-Extract

Problem

Retained placenta after childbirth can lead to postpartum hemorrhaging. 

Solution

Device that mechanically assists doctors in the removal of retained placenta.

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BP Buddy

Problem

Pre-eclampsia can go undetected in pregnant women who cannot frequently see a doctor.

Solution

Low-cost, easy-to-use home blood pressure monitor. 


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Sterilight

Problem

Medical staff in low resource areas often lack access to clean needles, forcing them to re-use needles for basic care.

Solution

Low-power, UV-based needle sterilization system.

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See Apnea

Problem

Monitoring infant sleep apnea is difficult, especially without disturbing infant sleep.

Solution

Non-contact infant sleep apnea detector that uses thermal imaging to monitor breathing.


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EnsureGuide

Problem

CPR has specific parameters for proper delivery. CPR is often performed incorrectly in real-world situations.

Solution

Device that provides both tactile and visual feedback to first responders delivering CPR, ensuring that they perform compressions in the proper manner.

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SEAL

Problem

Air pollution in many cities is at unhealthy levels, and most common air filtration masks do not properly prevent inhalation of pollutants.

Solution

Reusable and adjustable device that properly seals filtration masks to the face, significantly improving efficacy.

 

Meet the 2018 Hk Maker Lab Cohort

 
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