Anushka Naiknaware: A teen scientist's invention to help wounds heal
In 2016, at age 13, Anushka Naiknaware was the youngest winner of the Google Science Fair, with her invention of a clever new bandage that tells caregivers when it needs to be changed. Full bio
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I was always fascinated --
the world worked exactly how it did.
of mathematics and chemistry.
and as I kept going,
of science are interconnected.
have little or no value.
and my local science museum,
these questions myself
of my garage or my bedroom.
that I so desperately wanted.
for a competition,
of something called chronic wounds.
to me was a statistic
in the United States with chronic wounds
with breast cancer,
and leukemia, combined.
about a 5K walk for chronic wounds,
about a chronic wound in general?
those preliminary questions,
when someone gets a normal wound,
of preexisting condition,
were to be found
to treat chronic wounds.
that about two percent of the population
at some point in their lifetime.
inside a wound dressing
that the chronic wound would be at.
within the wound
treat their wounds better.
the healing process.
out of her garage-turned-lab,
I wasn't given a lot of money,
a lot of criteria, as well.
readily interacting with the body,
and paying for it myself.
anywhere, for anyone.
is the early schematics in my design,
and also one stacking variant.
of different individual parts
is one possible arrangement.
stumbles along their work,
in my first generation of sensors.
into a printcheck cartridge
the sensitivity of my sensors.
anything of that sort.
by some scouting on eBay and Amazon
required a lot more thought.
within one unit square.
you can have different iterations
to one unit square,
the thickness, the size,
and I could predict my results.
from previous science fair awards.
in order to be read.
by the app screenshots on the right.
can monitor the progress of their wound,
over a wireless connection
or whoever needs it.
was successful --
something to be refined.
in the process of doing.
than the actual thing I designed
taken on while doing this.
working in her garage
and contribute to the field.
to also do work like this
very sure about it.
that you all take on today.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERAnushka Naiknaware - Scientist
In 2016, at age 13, Anushka Naiknaware was the youngest winner of the Google Science Fair, with her invention of a clever new bandage that tells caregivers when it needs to be changed.
Why you should listen
When Anushka Naiknaware was young, she would spend hours at the chemistry lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland and not leave until she had finished every experiment available. Her early interest was chemistry and mathematics, but she quickly learned that every branch of science is connected, including physics, biology and computer science. In fact, her winning Google Science Fair project loops together materials science, fractal math and biology.
Naiknaware has won many awards in notable science and math competitions. She was the youngest winner of the Google Science Fair in 2016, and she won the first-place Mathematics STEM Award at Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), a premier competition run by the Society for Science and the Public. Naiknaware is inspired by Marie Curie, whose work contributed to major advances in modern medicine. Anushka admires her spirit and enthusiasm to continue her work in a time when women's contributions in science weren't appreciated.
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