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Maharishi School Science Team Honorable Mention Winner

At the ExploraVision science competition, three Maharishi School students won honorable mention for their project about breast cancer detection entitled "We CAN CERvive." ExploraVision is a national science competition and this year had 4,550 project entries submitted on-line. The honorable mention award places the team’s project among the top 10% of all entries submitted to the competition this year.

The team, consisting of Pearl Sawhney, Minna Mohammadi, tenth grade, and Yogita Singh, eleventh grade, called themselves "The Pioneers of Science." Their project explored the development of an innovative alternative breast cancer detection and treatment method using nanorobotics (microscopic robots). "Our method incorporates three different developing technologies available today, including nano-technology, Peptide-Nucleic Acid (PNA), and thermo-sensors," said the team.

"Our technology requires a patch embedded with multiple nanobots and a specially programmed silicon chip applied to the patient’s breast." The Type I nanobots, after absorption through skin pores, use thermo-sensors to detect cancerous cells via silicon chip, send images to doctors’ computers, and exit the body through the urinary tract. Type II nanobots, entering the same way as Type I nanobots, will attach to the cancerous cells, slice off mutated DNA, and repair, using a PNA molecule.”

“These students were dedicated and focused,” said Maharishi School science teacher and team sponsor Mousumi Dey, MD.

Now in its 18th year, ExploraVision is a science competitiont that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving.

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