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 closed.

Past Hk Maker Lab Projects

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Problem

Insufficient skin-to-skin care for neonates when medical staff is unavailable

Solution

Device that simulates skin-to-skin care by replicating mother's breathing, heart beat, and body heat

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Problem

Medical tape used to secure critical devices to infants in the NICU cause skin damage and potentially infection

Solution

Non-adhesive anchoring system that secures medical devices to the neonate without damaging the skin


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Problem

Detection of oral cancer in stages I and II is difficult due to its non-specific presentation

Solution

Combined thermal and optical camera system that can detect and locate oral cancer lesions

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Problem 

At-home breast self-examination is inefficient and subjective

Solution

Pressure-sensing glove that provides feedback about stiffness of underlying tissues during breast self-exam and warns the user of potential tumors


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Problem

Hand tremors make it difficult for people to perform everyday tasks like brushing teeth

Solution

Glove that detects tremors and temporarily restricts hand motion until the tremor subsides

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Problem

IV bags are often not changed immediately after depletion, resulting in inconsistent delivery of fluids and medication

Solution

Device that detects when an IV bag is slow and automatically switches to a new bag, maintaining consistent flow of fluids and medication


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Problem

Surgical smoke poses a serious health risk to surgical teams

Solution

Wearable device that creates a wall of flowing air around the user's face to deflect any surgical smoke

 
 

Meet the 2019 Hk Maker Lab Cohort

 
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