By: Nolan Rice, Kenna Blume, Connor Webster, and Jonny Weiss
We’re back guys and this week we began by narrowing down our topic and finding a more specific problem regarding type 2 diabetes. At first, we contacted the Southern California Regional Vice President of the American Diabetes Association, Cassie Shafer. She recommended that Mercy Willard, Director of Community Engagement and Stewardship for the American Diabetes Association reply to us. Mercy answered many of our questions about specific problems within diabetes, gave general information about all types of diabetes, and talked about what the American Diabetes Association does in order to encourage volunteers, tell people about diabetes, and help those with diabetes. At the same time, we spoke, in person, with teachers at our own Windward School! Our group discovered much more information about which directions to take this project in and many ideas sparked off. Eventually, after gathering information from numerous teachers, databases, and specialists in the field, we decided to focus on people not knowing they have diabetes, and finding a way in which people can do faster, easier tests. What we mean is that since some people don’t know they have diabetes, we are hoping to create something that makes diabetic tests more convenient. At the same time, we hope to spread awareness and tell people what symptoms are, so in case they do have these signs, people know to get checks. So far, we’re on the right track!