Developing a Low-Cost, Electricity-Free Centrifuge

Paper prototype of a centrifuge
Aanchal Johri, '18

Some of the most pressing problems in global health today demand innovative solutions that are scalable, accessible, inexpensive, and efficient. The purpose of this project was to design healthcare tools for extremely resource-constrained settings, especially in the field of global health and point-of-care disease diagnostics. In particular, the goal was to create a low-cost, electricity-free centrifuge.

Understanding Great Mental Health Hospitals

Ashworth Hospital sign
Ariela Safira, '17

The precise goal of this Senior Synthesis project was to research and study the world’s best mental health institutions in order to later redesign suicide prevention methods in the United States. Ariela has been deeply passionate about suicide prevention and mental health since her freshman year at Stanford. After working independently and in the d. school on this passion, she learned that she needed to better understand extremely successful mental health initiatives before she could redesign rehabs, mental wards, or education systems herself.

Rules of Love

What are three rules that you would have for yourself in love? Screenshot from THINK project,
Avani Singh, '18

Over the course of the class, we studied various perspectives on the 'rules of love'. For my final presentation, I decided to make a short video. In this, I asked 17-21 year olds from 10 different countries: "What are three rules that you would have for yourself in love?" When I looked closely at these videos, the results were interesting. Answers varied across genders and cultures. There were differences and similarities.

The Science of MythBusters: Piezo Poppers

Three students work together on a project
Class Project

In a hands-on experimental component of The Science of MythBusters, students work in teams to build and launch custom-modified alcohol-powered film canisters, called piezo poppers. Applying their skills in experimental design and statistical analysis, the students modify their launcher, canister, and fuel to maximize the launch distance of their canisters, culminating in a class-wide contest at the end of the quarter.


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