2021 Improving Lives Award

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3M and Discovery Education announce the 2021 Improving Lives Award, a chance for the public to recognize the project they feel will improve the most lives. The award exemplifies the ability of these young scientists to encourage innovation, promote the importance of science and continue their journey to reshape the lives of people in communities across the globe.

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Revolutionary Next...
Abhinav Anne
2021 Finalist
Meet Abhinav. Abhinav developed a way to extend the safety and shelf-life of blood products with Nitric Oxide producing Polyurethane bag.

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Accessibility Friendly...
Samarth Mahapatra
2021 Finalist
Meet Samarth. Samarth deployed edge computing and advance vision algorithms to help people with vision impairments cook with ease.

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Ferro-Sponge: A Novel Way of...
Snigtha Mohanraj
2021 Finalist
Meet Snigtha. Snigtha discovered Ferro-Sponge, a novel way to remove microplastics and oil from contaminated water.

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Cognitive Emotion...
Veda Murthy
2021 Finalist
Meet Veda. Veda developed the Cognitive Emotion Interpretation Application (CEIA) that helps teachers and caregivers interpret the emotions an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) child is expressing.

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Graphene Quantum Dots...
Viraj Pandey
2021 Finalist
Meet Viraj. Viraj synthesized and innovatively applied graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to help track endangered species.

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Spark Care+: Personalized...
Sarah Park
2021 Finalist
Meet Sarah. Sarah developed Spark Care+, a personalized music therapy treatment for mental health disorders using artificial intelligence (AI), galvanic skin response (GSR), and photoplethysmography (PPG).

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Innovative Engineering...
Moitri Santra
2021 Finalist
Meet Moitri. Moitri developed a novel optimized gel composed of Chitosan and Citric acid to induce algae coagulation and settlement in Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) effected bodies of water to reduce the suffocation and death of animal life and toxins that could lead to health problems for humans.

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Improving Brain Disease...
Danielle Steinbach
2021 Finalist
Meet Danielle. Danielle used deep neural networks to more accurately diagnose and treat neurological disorders and brain diseases.

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Smart and Reusable...
Aadrit Talukdar
2021 Finalist
Meet Aadrit. Aadrit developed a scalable and reusable shipping box that can be used for online order shipments to reduce or eliminate the use of oversized boxes and excess packing materials.

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Developing a Low-Cost...
Sydney Zhang
2021 Finalist
Meet Sydney. Sydney developed a low-cost, high-sensitivity method for early diagnosis of dry eye disease (DED).

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