AUSTIN -- Two Westwood High School students were selected as regional finalists in the world's largest K-12 student science and technology competition.
Eleventh-grader Naveen Arunachalam and 12th grader Priya Arunachalam were selected as one of 24 regional winning teams from a group of 5,206 entries in the 2013 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision program.
The students, along with their coach Natasha Armstead, created NIIC or Nanoparticle Induced Immunoresponsive Correction -- a new technique for battling Type I & Type II diabetes. NIIC utilizes nanotechnology and islet transplantation to prevent fat accumulation in the muscles and heart, thus increasing insulin availability to cells in these areas.
The team will now expand on their idea and submit it for national judging in April.
Nearly 16,000 students participated in this year’s competition, from across the United States and Canada. The competition challenges students to create future technologies.
The two students will be honored in a special awards ceremony.