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 are now open.

Past Hk Maker Lab Projects

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Problem

At-home screening for melanoma is challenging and confusing for patients.

Solution

Hand-held tool that detects potential lesions by temperature and notifies the user that they should see a doctor.

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Problem

Contact dermatitis in infants is often undiagnosed until it has progressed significantly, leading to infant discomfort and infection.

Solution

Early-detection system that measures skin conductivity and temperature to warn parents of dermatitis.


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Problem

Endotracheal tubes in the neonatal ICU frequently become dislodged, leading to potential breathing difficulties for infants.

Solution

Automatic warning system that alerts NICU medical staff as soon as the endotracheal tube moves out of its proper position.

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Problem 

Pacemaker batteries require surgical replacement ever 5-7 years, significantly increasing the risk of serious infections and complications for patients.

Solution

Wireless inductive-charging system that can continuously replenish pacemaker batteries, extending time between surgeries.


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Problem

Challenging self-administration of eye drop medication for glaucoma patients leads to inconsistent dose size and poor adherence.

Solution

Easy-to-use, automatic eye drop delivery system activated by a blink.

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Problem

Patients with spinal cord injuries suffer from an impaired ability to thermoregulate their bodies.

Solution

An automated system that maintains a healthy body temperature for patients with spinal cord injuries.

 

Meet the 2018 Hk Maker Lab Cohort

 
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