BioCardSudhandra Sundaram, Richland, WAFirst place, Grades 4-8
This is the year 2020 and I have a new invention to protect our health, available to be tested. This is the new BioCard™, made to secure and help your personal health improve. In the past, we have had many problems concerning health privacy and awareness. This BioCard™ is made by a company of specialized doctors, trained to input information and codes into a credit-card sized device (by the way, it comes in four different colors, pink, blue, green, and purple). When consumers purchase this card, it will be free of any information other than general guidelines and health issues. How do you use it? Well, it is simple. After opening the plastic protective coating, the owner places the card on the palm of the hand to set it up. The card is made up of a novel biocompatible material. The BioCard™ is powered by bioelectricity through our neural network. This energy in the body transmits codes and DNA patterns through the body to the BioCard™. After this process, the card is not hard to use. When wanting to activate it, all the user has to do is place it on the palm. What does this card do? This card holds information about your health record in it for easy access and reference. Another plus about the BioCard™ is that whenever you hold it up to anything, it lets you know if there are any contaminations or pathogens or viruses on the item against which you are holding it. Also, if you come in contact with a new virus, the BioCard™ will alert you as it constantly sweeps and updates your space for all known pathogens and viruses and all possible mutations. Any general health information is stored by biocoding in the card. Is the BioCard™ perfectly private? Yes, we have installed many devices to ensure your health information safety. The BioCard™ can decode your health information into a code of your choice and go blank when not in contact with you. If it is stolen from you or lost, you can deactivate it automatically because the card is personalized by your DNA code and personal body structure and other unique parameters. Police officials will also be on standby waiting to track a stolen card through embedded GPS-based technology activated by you. Doctors will not able to see your own personal records unless you grant access or if you are in an emergency, in which case access would be provided by your prior programming for just such a situation. Each doctor has a changing code based on his/her DNA. The BioCard™ is preprogrammed to recognize the doctor in an emergency. This BioCard™ technology exploits cellular, DNA/protein sequencing, diagnosing, biocomputing, and all biosensing technologies well-integrated into one device. There are also some disadvantages to the BioCard™. One of them is this technology will take some health-workers’ jobs away, maybe simplify life too much, and cause some social problems. Besides this, the BioCard™ is a great device that simplifies life and gives us privacy! Buy it today at your nearest BioCard™ dealer.
The winners of the 2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest have been announced! NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. said, "Students’ devotion to protecting endangered animals is always inspiring to me, and their doing so through engineering, which is about solving problems of people and society, is doubly so. Congratulations to the winners!" Check out the link below to read the wonderful essays.