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February 24, 2012 > Students collaborate to solve medical challenges

Students collaborate to solve medical challenges

Submitted By Thien Nguyen

Union City resident Akhshaya Baskar '13 will be joining other students from Notre Dame High School who will participate in TEAMS competition at Stanford University on Saturday, February 25. Notre Dame's 24 students range from 10th - 12th graders, and they will focus on this year's competition theme, "Engineering Healthier Lives." The annual TEAMS event (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) is hosted by the Stanford Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and fosters science, technology, engineering, and math literacy in young people.

Students will collaborate and consider such questions as:
* How drugs can be designed to be effective in treating disease, have minimal side effects, and improve patient quality of life?
* How prostheses and medical devices should be designed to be long lasting and provide full functionality to patients?
* How clinical trials can be designed and managed to obtain maximum information about the effects of the treatment in a fair and ethical way?

The one-day competition, coordinated by the Technology Student Association (TSA), challenges students to think critically and work cooperatively to solve real-world problems. With the team's coaches, Mr. Andrew Lee, Chair of Notre Dame High School's Mathematics Department, and Dr. Elizabeth Hegarty, Chair of the Science Department, the students feel well equipped for the day.

Notre Dame High School, Belmont is a private Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

For more information about TEAMS, please visit: http://teams.tsaweb.org/teams/index.html.


PHOTO:
Front (L-R): Akhshaya Baskar '13, Lyndall Colrain '12, Jana Cadiz (12th), Jackie Sideris '14, Nikkie Singh '14, Back (L-R): Dingge Fu '13, Christine Coughlan '13, Mr. Lee (coach), Claire Shaw '13, Emily Wang '14, Sharmayne Ramirez '12, Kristy Ip '13, Mana Anvar '14, Kyra Mitchell '14 [Akhshaya Baskar '13 is a resident of Union City].

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