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Emergency Room
Leona Pinto

Technology and healthcare were amalgamated at Epsilon’s event, ‘Emergency Room’. The first round tested the participating teams’ ability to correctly identify medical devices and equipment, through pictures displayed on a screen, with no other hints or clues given. The display ranged from medical imaging to surgical equipment.

On completion of the task, teams had the opportunity to earn bonus points by throwing ping-pong balls into hoops that were labelled with the names of multiple medical appliances. Qualifying teams advanced to the next round, where they were faced with a room that had its walls covered in multi-coloured slips of paper, exhibiting facts ranging from science and technology to general knowledge and current events.

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Credits: Dhanush

Participants had to browse and commit all they could to memory within an hour before attempting to solve a crossword based on their newfound knowledge. The final round gave the teams a glimpse into the lives of healthcare workers as they directed volunteers, who convincingly played patients ailing with multiple diseases, to the appropriate consultant department. The event provided the participants with an insight into the work of a medical professional along with the technical know-how, of equipment used in the industry.

Fire and Ice
Tezraj Kayshap

Organised by Epsilon‘Fire and Ice’ was an earnest attempt at bringing the world of biomedical engineering to those who sought it. Promising to be an enjoyable competition, the event managed to gather a crowd of about 118 participants in the first round. This category tested the contestants in their basic knowledge of electronics and its application in the field of biomedical technology.
All the participants were divided into pairs as they raced against time to complete the question paper round of the event. From filling in the right digit in a Sudoku puzzle to solving riddles, the participants found themselves in for an aptitude test before they could advance to the next round. “Expected more technical questions” was all that Sabarinathan, a participant, said, leaving a little dissatisfied after the first round.
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Credits: Satyam

Five teams qualified for round two, wherein they competed against each other in what was called the 50-50 round. This round required teamwork and collective effort as one contestant dappled with circuits while the other solved a quiz. All of this was to be done in an hour, with the contestants switching places after 30 minutes. What was ironic was that in this strict time-bound round, most of the participants finished debugging their circuits way ahead of the clock, leaving the organisers doubtful.
Taking it a notch higher, Fire and Ice peaked in its third round, where the final two teams competed for the winners’ place in a unique game of Escape. Locked in two separate rooms, the teams equipped with just their intellect were forced to look for clues in every object in the room. The team that finds the key first, wins the game. Fire and Ice, contrary to what its name suggested, was a test of passion and team spirit that was displayed in this successful yet enriching event.

A Day at the Museum
Leona Pinto

Participants had a chance to learn about medical technology and the working behind the machines that save many a patient’s lives in hospitals, in Epsilon’s ‘A Day at the Museum’. Informative charts that included read-along booklets stirred the curious mind and laid bare the underlying mechanisms of X-ray, ultrasound, and sonography machines along with the science behind prosthetics.

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The displays also included material about anatomical topics ranging from paralysis to blood diseases, muscles of the heart, organ transplant, and anaesthesia. A mini-model of a ventilator also served the purpose of providing an insight into one of the oft-used machines of the ICU. After traversing the museum, participants were quizzed on their newfound knowledge, fundamental physics and biology, before advancing to the next round.

The final round had participants nimbly working on breadboards to bring corresponding electronic circuit diagrams to life. The event provided a learning opportunity to not only gain knowledge but also increase skill and no one left with a dearth of awareness on the subject of biomedical devices.