Saturday, July 16, 2011

End of Week Two

     Our project is testing the applicability of the IRIS and MALDI-TOF systems in measuring the combining of antibody-antigen structures. This project has several variables which need to be tested. They include :

     1. The techniques used to set up the target plate of silicon, SiO2, polymer, antibody, and antigen.These techniques include the spotting technique is developing the polymer-antibody-antigen spots on the target, the washing techniques used in removing the photoresistive material, and structuring the different levels of the photophilic and photophobic layers.

     2. The techniques used during the MALDI-TOF process in exposing the target to laser beams. Here, we control the intensity of the laser beam and the time duration used to maximize the clarity of the mass spectrometry spectrum.

In order to measure the validity and reliability of our results, we will compare our results with those of known measured  reactions developed using other measurement techniques. We will then repeat our measurement system to determine  how accurately our results are reached each time.

Yesterday, we attended a full day session at the Museum of Science to learn about a program developed by the museum to teach about the engineering principles used in industry. This program is based upon the same principles as the Principles of Technology curriculum. The main differences between the Principles of Technology curriculum and this Engineering the Future curriculum is that this new course focuses only on the engineering principles and not the physics underpinings of the technology. Due to this difference, there are only three major units in this program dealing with physics. They focus only on an introduction to thermodynamics, fluid flow and electric circuits. They then use these topics to go into further depth in various areas important for developing engineering techniques.

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