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UCSD Bio-Sensors Lab Field Trip

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012,  we went to UCSD bio-sensor lab and met Dr. Gough.  His research is about a continuous glucose monitoring bio-sensor which is implanted in the skin of a person and it measures glucose in the person’s body for a year.  This helps people because they don’t have to prick themselves every day.  Dr. Gough gave us a tour of the lab he works at and told us what every room was for.  He told us that every year,  they would attach little wires which had bio-sensors in them to seals and turtles so that he and his team could keep track of where those seals and turtles were swimming.  We interviewed Dr. Gough and asked him questions.  We learned that there are bio-sensors and we also learned that working in a science lab must be super fun from what Dr. Gough said.  Meeting Dr. Gough and visiting UCSD Bioengineering campus was a very exciting experience.

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RoadRunner Sports Store Field Trip

On 9/14/12, we went to a running store called RoadRunner on a field trip to learn about dehydration, hydration, and hydration monitors.  We met Paolina and Kasey.  First, we introduced our team and told them about the FLL program and Challenge.  We demonstrated Taskbot robot and showed the experts the “Self Park,” “Maze,” and “Ultrasonic” challenges.

We asked the experts the interview questions we brainstormed the meeting before. They had excellent answers.  We learned several important facts such as the following:

  • Dehydration symptoms include dizziness, confusion, headache, dark urine, weight loss from sweating, and increase in heart rate and body temperature.
  • Gatorade is not the same as water.  It has a lot of sugar in it.
  • Water is the best liquid to drink for hydration.
  • Everyone has different hydration needs.  It is based on your activity and weight.
  • You can be dehydrated or over hydrated.  Both conditions are not good for the body.
  • Dehydration is a big problem in hot weather because when you sweat you loose water and you may not always remember to replace the water that you lost.  Also it is hard to judge the right amount you need.
  • People might not be thirsty but can still be dehydrated.
  • The store sells Hydra Guard, a hydration monitor bottle.  The bottle electronically measures how much water you drink from the bottle and tells you how much you need to drink for your body weight, but you need the bottle and drink from it to get that measurement.

Finally, we think the experience was terrific and educational, and we hope to go there again.   It was so much fun!  Thank you, Carlsbad RoadRunner, for an awesome educational field trip!

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Kaiser Permanente Field Trip

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Robolution went on a field trip to Kaiser Permanente because our team is researching how to help older people. Kaiser Permanente is a doctor’s office for people over the age of 20. We talked with and learned a lot from Dr. Lozar about seniors and their health.  These are some of the challenges that the elderly face: dehydration and its consequences, mobility (going up the stairs, walking, transportation), technology use, vision, hearing, back pain, balance (standing up, falls, showering, reaching for things), exercise, memory, leaving stove on, medications (not remembering to take them, taking too much, taking them at the wrong time, arthritis, difficult to read), and having a connection with the younger generation.

We thought the problem of dehydration in the elderly was the most interesting.  Most people, including the elderly, don’t realize how important this problem is.  For seniors, their sense of thirst decreases or is lost, as they get older.  Because of this, seniors don’t feel the need to drink so they are not adequately hydrated.  Other age-related body changes, like losing muscle mass (has lots of water) and dysphagia (swallowing disorder), also contributes to the elderly being prone to dehydration.  In hot weather – especially, in heat waves, the risk of dehydration is even higher for seniors.

When seniors become dehydrated, it could lead to syncope (fainting episodes), ER visits, hospitalizations and possible organ failure.

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