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Transform the atopic dermatitis from a personal weakness to a subject of biological study of own eczema together with classmates and peers.

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Please elaborate on your proposed solution to the challenge in no more than 300 words.

The objective is to change the AD stigma (which trigger the bullying), into a strength. Studying AD histology of personal eczema together with classmates and peers will rise the popularity of the suffering student and make it special. This is a social process similar to the ones that make popular a kid who injures his/her knees. The citizen science is well advanced, the optical microscopes are widespread in schools and software to illustrate the nano-biochemistry and histology aspects is freely available. There are also RGB sensors both in most tablets/smartphones and in single Board Computers platforms like Arduino. Therefore, the AD suffering kid along with classmates and peers can easily study his/her own skin lesions by: looking at school microscope or amarthphone attached lens, and by measure the RGB color spectgum of the eczema. More advanced science geeks will build ARDUINO RGB sensors and connect cameras to study together the AD of the classmate. To support this joint classroom study of the AD, we will elaborate Guidelines to cover microscopy techniques, AD characteristics and use of RGB sensors and cameras. The Guideline will also include a section of pedagogy and one of parenting, dedicated to the organisational aspects of the proposed pro-active anti-bullying practical method. The microscopy, the bilogy and the Arduino components will be developed in the ADEMED's premises and tested in partner schools in Romania.

What is the name of your organization?

Asociatia pentru Dezvoltare si Mediu - ADEMED

Where are you and your organization based?

Bucharest, Romania

Please provide a description of your organization.

Established in 2013, ADEMED serves Bucharest and Brebu communities and specifically youth. ADEMED educate students using cutting edge technologies and citizen science..

What is your name?

Florin Alexandru

While we’re still only in the Ideas phase of the challenge, roughly, how much do you think your project will cost?

  • $3,000 – 4,999
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Attachments (3)

Advanced hobby study of my AD together with my classmates.doc

RGB Sensor, ViS and IR cameras for ARDUINO hobby computer on a chip - children to use for study of their own AD, together with classmates. Building the circuits together, coding and watching the spectrum of the AD will provide a lot of fun and replace the bullying. The Guidelines to be elaborated include a chapter for the Teachers about how to attract non-Technical Geeks in this study.

AD Study of his her own AD .doc

How to use the smartphone as a microscope to study his/her own AD together with classmates - turn the stigma into a cool and fun way to spend time with classmates,

Study together my Atopic Dermathitis.doc

Classmates study together the AD of one of the students: watch, photo, describe, compare with previous takes. Classmates use: school stereomicroscopes, smartphone lens and portable digital microscope. Sharing scientific opinions about AD with colleagues makes the patient special and popular. Therefore - no more bullying!

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Hi Florin,
Really enjoyed reading about your idea! It’s an interesting take on empowering individuals while building an environment of understanding and learning.
I’d love to know if you could do a rough sketch of the idea, just to get a sense of how you’re thinking about it.

I’m adding in a link to an idea that did a great job of showcasing this.

Very excited to see how you build on it and take it ahead!

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Thank you for the link and for supportive attitude!
I see no place to upload a sketch on this challenge - if you can point me to a way of doing it, it would be great!
My idea is to push the classmates attention to the AD itself, building on the natural curiosity of the kids. So they can use a hand microscope (which is some 10 USD these days) to see how it looks the AD skin, use the RGB sensor in (almost) any smartphone to measure and map the colors and to use programming language (like skratch or C++) to model the AD.

The sequence is the following:
a) Teacher train the AD student in how to self-study and how to do this in such a way that the other wlil became curious
b) The AD kid starty study its disease, when his/her classmates are present
c) The study became a group play (here the teacher can add some impetus, but not pushing - patience is the key!)

This is a 3-win approach:
1) The AD kid get more knowledge about its disease and can cooperate better with the caregivers and physicians
2) There is less bullying potential
3) There is more chances for the class to focus on lessons than to bully the AD classmate

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Hi Florin,

It's great to see how you've thought about this.

As far as uploading a sketch goes, if you edit your contribution, you should be able to upload the sketch under the 'Make it visual' section or under 'Add images'. Let me know if you still have trouble finding it and I'd be happy to help you out!

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Thank you! I uploaded my sketch - under visual (but it looks to small for me - can be enlarged?) and under add section (but there is only a general icon, thus not visible unless open).

The leading core- concept is to change the AD from a stigma into something that makes the student popular.

I also elaborated a draft content of the Guidelines of this innovative anti-bullying method, soon to be posted as well.

I will also upload the sensors and the database descriptions.

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I uploaded the description of sensors use in AD hobby study by classmates. Kids, Teacher,and Parents Guidelines outline - to follow shortley

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