Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair 2010
Investigating Simulative Designs to Increase the Efficiency of Microfluidic Chips.
Below you will find links and information about our current projects, protocols and ongoing progress made by grade school students in applying microfluidic concepts.
JELLO microfluidic chips were created in order to simulate the separation of a single cell from a population of cells. We hypothesize that if a single cell trap captures a cell, it will not escape. In order to prove our hypothesis, we constructed various designs using different materials such as straws, electrical cords, and beads in order to create the molds. Beads were injected into the device and efficiency of trapping was calculated based on the number of trapped beads from the total number of beads injected. Four trials were performed and the results show that for 3 designs, beads were trapped successfully. Based on these results, we can collectively conclude that the applied concept of trapping cells can create working designs and can be used as a template for further research in microfluidics.
June 16, 2010 - Science Daily Article: Jell-O Lab-on-a-Chip Devices to Spark Interest in Science Careers
June 16, 2010 - e! Science News Article: Jell-O Lab-on-a-Chip Devices to Spark Interest in Science Careers
June 28, 2010 - Fluidic MEMS Article: Microfluidics: the new home chemistry kit?
September 10, 2010 - UBC Reports Article: A new teaching tool with the classic wiggle
October 14, 2010 - UBC Science Article: Always Room for Jello in Science Education