Indonesia is again becoming the center of attraction at the 2019 Google Science Fair international event. In the event which was attended by various students around the world, Indonesia was one of the five recipients of awards for the best scientific work. And the teenager who was instrumental in bringing Indonesia’s name to the event was Celestine Wenardy, who in her work managed to amaze the jury by making a non-invasive glucometer. For her work, Celestine is entitled to an educational scholarship of US $ 15 thousand, equivalent to Rp 210 million and the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award trophy.
Non-invasive glucometer works from Celestine has a function as a measure of blood sugar concentration without having to take blood samples through the syringe, precisely through the interferometry method and thermal technology. The tool becomes important because of the fact that not a few Indonesian people, especially those living in the interior, are reluctant to use syringes.
The accuracy of the glucometer reaches a coefficient of determination of 0.843. The price is also more affordable than the invasive glucometer available in the market (1,000 USD = Rp1,400,000), which is 63 dollars or equivalent to Rp882,000.
If successfully developed properly, the glucometer is expected to reduce the number of cases of diabetes and cut losses due to the disease. This tool is also expected to be an alternative for the community to prevent and treat diseases that can be detected through the blood.
Celestine Initiative developed a non-invasive blood sugar meter that stems from her concern for health problems in Indonesia. According to her, health costs in Indonesia, especially for diabetes, are not yet affordable enough for all people. Moreover, not all clinics in Indonesia provide basic facilities needed by the community. That is why Celestine intends to improve the lives of people with diabetes by presenting a cheaper blood sugar meter, citing a press release received by Health-Liputan6.com.
At the Google Science Fair, Google challenges students to channel their curiosity and intelligence in finding, compiling, or building solutions to the things they are interested in.
These change-making students strive to overcome various problems in the areas of sustainability, health, safety, and accessibility. There are countless applications from various STEM disciplines, ranging from the use of AI to help detect disease in plants to finding new ways to diagnose heart disease.