Students join global competition to slow the spread of COVID-19
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Students join global competition to slow the spread of COVID-19

Some ISU students from grades 9-12 have signed up to take part in a global competition to form virtual teams to develop technology-based solutions to slow the spread of COVID-19. They are also asked to produce technology that could be potentially used for any future pandemics.

By Kelly Murray, secondary science and biology teacher, Jiya and Sophie students 9Y

It is great to see our students turning adversity into opportunity. Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 travel scholarship to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit at the New York Academy of Sciences and acceptance into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in autumn 2020. To find out more about the challenge, two of our students introduce their project and need your help to progress to the final rounds.

NYAS Competition

Sophie and I, Jiya, are two students from grade 9Y. We are participating in a competition from The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) called ‘Combatting COVID-19′. It is a 6-week international innovative challenge for students aged 13 to 17. The purpose of this challenge is to develop a solution to slow the spread of COVID-19. We decided to join this competition as it is a great opportunity and we believe that our ideas may have the capacity to change the world.

We decided to take part, after hearing about the competition from our science teacher, Ms. Murray. As we both are interested in pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), we thought that this would be a great experience to further pursue our interest in science. These solutions, although from children, are reviewed by world-renowned judges. These judges can then bring these ideas to life on a global scale.

Working with students from all around the world

We have the opportunity to work with students from all around the world to collaborate and join forces against this worldwide problem. Every participant creates a LaunchPad account where we specify our interests and hobbies. Using that information, teams are formed with specific strengths that best suit each project. Our team right now consists of only us, but we are waiting for new team members. New members can join our team at any point. Using LaunchPad we also can connect with experts of the subject and mentors to help guide us through the process.


At this moment we are in the initial stages of this challenge and we would really appreciate if you could spend 5 minutes of your day answering our quick survey. Thank you!

Other students from ISU who are taking part

  • Jasper (grade 10M)
  • Lakshit (grade 9Y)
  • Liam (grade 12)
  • Shireen (grade 12)
  • Beata (grade 10Y)
  • Defene (grade 10Y)
  • Sophie (grade 10M)