Title

Ph Neutralization As A Model For An Electromechanical Pancreas

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

9th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

A robotic monitor’s ability to also pump insulin, while simultaneously monitoring blood glucose levels is the principle of this experiment. Type I diabetes affects over twenty-nine million people in the United States alone, and is the seventh leading cause of death among Americans. Future treatment models look to improve the lives of the close to ten percent of Americans affected by Type I diabetes. First, a model was constructed, and for the purpose of this experiment baking soda was used to represent insulin, and a vinegar solution represented blood glucose. It was hypothesized that the model’s shut-off time and initial pH of the vinegar would have no correlation with the final pH. Different vinegar solutions of different acidities were neutralized by the model using the same baking soda solution, and would shut off on its own when the model seemed to be neutralized; the time and initial and final pH of each solution were recorded. The hypothesis was correct, because inferential statistics showed that there was no correlation between time and final pH and initial pH and final pH.

Location

Owens G08

Start Date

4-16-2016 10:45 AM

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Apr 16th, 10:45 AM

Ph Neutralization As A Model For An Electromechanical Pancreas

Owens G08

A robotic monitor’s ability to also pump insulin, while simultaneously monitoring blood glucose levels is the principle of this experiment. Type I diabetes affects over twenty-nine million people in the United States alone, and is the seventh leading cause of death among Americans. Future treatment models look to improve the lives of the close to ten percent of Americans affected by Type I diabetes. First, a model was constructed, and for the purpose of this experiment baking soda was used to represent insulin, and a vinegar solution represented blood glucose. It was hypothesized that the model’s shut-off time and initial pH of the vinegar would have no correlation with the final pH. Different vinegar solutions of different acidities were neutralized by the model using the same baking soda solution, and would shut off on its own when the model seemed to be neutralized; the time and initial and final pH of each solution were recorded. The hypothesis was correct, because inferential statistics showed that there was no correlation between time and final pH and initial pH and final pH.