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Share ideas about the presentation.


Allison said:

I was working on the first part of our presentation and I think it would be a good idea if Devin said something. Here is what I came up with:

Interviewer: Welcome to today's 'Problems in Science'? show! Today's problem is allergic rhinitis which is an allergic reaction in the nose and nasal passages. Rhinitis is one of the most common illnesses in the Canada and may affect many as 5 million people.
I have a few guests here today. One is a rhinitis sufferer who is going to tell us abut the symptoms.

Stuffy nose (congestion)
Runny nose
Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears

Interviewer: I also have a 2 scientists here who are researching this topic What do you have for us?

Ian said:

Sounds good.

Allison said:


Contacting the local news outlets sounds good.

How feasible is it to transport the table? In small groups the kids could make presentations and talk about designing & programming the robot, the missions & nanotechnology and what the FLL tournament was like (I can't see this happening before the tournament). Some places to consider are

1. Schools - Devin's class might be a good place to start;
2. Guide/scout groups;
3. The science clubs that Science Venture runs at UVic
4. Science fair

Anna & Allison

We are having an e-mail problome so I had to put this here.

Christine said:

I think it would take a pick-up truck to transport the whole table.

But I think we could take the mat and the missions fairly easily. The mat could be rolled out on a floor.

We haven't tested it, but I think it would work.

Katherine said:

Interviewer  : What do you have for us?


Scientist 1: My research team has been working on an ionizer that you would wear around your neck.  It uses ion particles to repel the allergen particles away from the person. 

From our experiments, indoor air has 100 to 200 ions per cubic cm.  When testing the ionizer, it had to produce 1 million to 10 million ions per cubic cm to be effective.  That's just too many ions.  As people breathed them in, they got headaches and sore throats.  We continuing to work on it, in hopes of finding a better solution. 

Allison said:

I think in the presintation I should introduce myself, Devin and the scientists with names. What do people want their names to be?

Allison said:

Interviewer: Welcome to today's 'Problems in Science'? show. My name is Allison Graham. Today's problem is allergic rhinitis which is an inflammation in the nose and nasal passages. It is probably the most common allergy and most people know it by the common name 'hayfever'.

Allergies affect approximately 5 million Canadians but it is hard to get precise numbers because so many people buy medicines over the counter and don't see a doctor. The number of patients with allergic rhinitis has increased in the past decade.

I have a few special guests here today. One is Devin an allergic rhinitis sufferer who is displaying some of the symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and is quite miserable. In children, allergen exposure and subsequent inflammation in the upper respiratory system cause nasal obstruction. In these patients, upper respiratory infections such as colds and ear infections are more frequent and last longer.

I also have two scientists Katherine and Alex who have been trying to find a cure to allergic rhinitis. What do you have for us?