Neuroplasticity: Enabling Stroke Patients to Repair Motor Skills by Imitating Motion Between Hands
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Rithvik Ijju
Englewood, Colorado
2020 Finalist
Challenge School
9659 E Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80247-2401
8th grade | 13 years old
Meet Rithvik. Rithvik invented a novel robotic glove system designed to fast-track stroke rehabilitation of motor skills in the hands through neuroplasticity.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
My inspiration for this project came about due to a personal experience when my grandfather had a stroke last summer, and he was paralyzed in the right side of his body. I developed my invention which is a robotic glove system, that would allow stroke patients to complete rehabilitation on their own. The inspiration and the invention align very closely to the mission of Young Scientist to create a new generation of scientists that are inspired to solve problems, and so I decided to enter the challenge.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention is the computer. A few months ago, I watched a movie called The Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing and how he built the first computer to crack the code of the German Enigma machine during World War II. After watching that movie, I began to realize how much the computer evolved from that first machine and how much it affects us daily. We use computers everyday to do work and other activities. Because of Alan Turing's ideas and their evolution, we are able to get access to nearly anything we need. Especially during the current COVID-19 crisis, computers are the only way for us to explore the world and learn.
In 15 years I hope to be...
an engineer who can solve problems that would make the world a better place for humans. I think that engineering is an important part of society, and new inventions would have a positive impact in the future. Today, engineering and computer science are the fields with the most demand. Developing new inventions and machines would help add a new touch to the world. AI is a large part of today's engineering inventions. They can range from an AI lamp that learns all of your preferences for when the lights should be turned on, to a driver-less car. I want to make these types of inventions, and so I hope to be an engineer when I grow up.
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
- Arthur Ashe
Rithvik Ijju