The London Teen Tech Awards were won by three teen that invented a STI detecting condom which glows in different colors for each type of STI in detects.
Most Sexually transmitted do not cause symptoms. Even some the ones who take some time to cause visible issues.
This means that STI’s have a greater change of being passed to multiple people before detection.
Three British teen with the ages of 13 and 14 have researched the potential of a new idea. A condom that detects STI’s and warns the wearer through color coding.
The color coding is simple and straightforward, green represents Chlamydia, purple indicates HPV, blue for the case of syphilis and yellow for herpes.
Many accomplished scientists have applauded them for their idea and initiative, and have stated that the concept could lower the rate of STI’s by quite a lot.
Daanyaal Ali, Chirag Shah and Muaz Nawaz have won the ” Healthcare Category ” of the London Teen Tech Awards for their invention.
Their prize is a trip to Buckingham Palace and a cash payment.
The concept the teenagers used is a molecule multi reaction layer that is build in to the condom. When the molecules react in contact with the most common types of STI’S they glow in certain colors.
While the idea is still at concept phase, it has been drawing attention and the teenagers have contacted a manufacturer.
They are now hoping to discuss the conditions and research required in order to proceed with manufacturing.
The Teen Tech Awards are open to student enrolled in school grades 7 to 11. The competition is aimed at challenging students to think up new ideas that might change the world and make life easier.
The institution which holds the competition said that although the condom idea was a little more “risqué” the teenagers won because of their concept’s originality and quality of design.”
Such scientific competitions are held all over the world, and while the ideas proposed are not always revolutionary some of the process of thought or concept design can always be put to good use by professionals.
Many scientific circles encourage youngsters to get involved and either work on existing ideas or come up with new ones.
NASA has launched a website in 2014 specifically directed at teenagers. The website provides teens with access to data they could use for science projects, grants opportunities for performing experiments with real Agency specialists, and offers info on space-related summer internships.
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