In partnership with the UCLA Business of Science Center (BSC) and with support from VentureWell, this Design matters studio challenged ArtCenter students to take advantage of groundbreaking technology advancements to conceive, design and prototype innovative products that would improve the quality of life across a broad spectrum of human health and well-being issues.
Nanoteer inspires the next generation of nanoscientists by showcasing current translational advances in cancer therapy pioneered by UCLA researchers Dean Ho, Theodore Kee, and Darron Miya, on topics encompassing nanodiamond-mediated therapies and augmented artificial intelligence (A.I.). Uniquely, this team led by Ho has taken nanodiamonds into clinical trials, allowing Nanoteer to provide insight into the most current breakthroughs in nanomedicine. Featuring Nanodiamond Nora and Neal, characters created through a comic book series developed by Ho, Kee and Miya, this educational platform combines the hands-on elements of nanotechnology and nanomedicine synthesis with the thrilling action of battling cancer or “bad” cells.
With a target audience of 10-year-olds, the educational platform combines aspects of a video game and science lab set. The immersive experience is accessed using an iPad, which can be held and rotated during gameplay, a lab set pad, and two pipette-like controllers mimicking the tools and equipment used by researchers in the lab synthesizing the therapies targeting specific cancer cells. The application will display actual cancer cells and simplified A.I. concepts used to optimize therapy combinations for cancer treatment.
During the course of the game, the player must discover and assess the type of cancer or ailment the patient has, strategically calibrate a specific medicine to administer using the pipette controller, and deliver the medicine in a battle-like mode, rotating the iPad to navigate toward target cancer cells in fast-action movements.
In addition to today’s youth, the game also aims to appeal toward parents, grandparents, and teachers who wish to encourage scientific thinking in an engaging and innovative platform. For children, shedding light on both the etiology as well as the treatment for various diseases and ailments can be the first step in future prevention. In addition, this platform has the chance to initiate and inspire potential careers in medical research and health sciences.
Nanodiamond technology is used in many applications such as replacing chemotherapy. The technology uses nanoscale diamonds to carry cancer-fighting medicine to a specific location without affecting other organs or parts of the body.
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