“Just Breathe” – STEAM (King)

My STEAM project focuses on allergy-induced asthma, its symptoms, and how it is developed.  Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition triggered by many environmental elements as well as physical and mental stress.  It is a widespread condition that over 300 million people worldwide.  When asthma is triggered by something like …

Various White Blood Cells, and Their Function

My project is about the five different white blood cells within our body, and their individual functions. The 5 different types of WBC’s are: Neutrophils, Eosinophils, Basophils, Lymphocytes and Monocytes. The project that I created shows us their function within the body. STEAM Project STEAM Project 2

Bronchial Tree

For this project I did a little digital comic/panel that explains parts of the lower respiratory system, specifically the bronchi and the trachea. It’s a short, simple explanation with comparing the trachea and bronchi to a tree in order to better grasp on how to identify them. I got inspiration …

“My Head’s Underwater But I’m Breathing Fine”

These paintings are over 6ft in height and 3ft wide in total and were installed in a stairwell where the top image can be over 12 feet above your head depending on where you are standing. The physical scale and height were important to impart the feeling of being far removed from air/oxygen.

The topic of my STEAM project is how Hydrogen Cyanide gas lethally obstructs the hemoglobin in our red blood cells from picking up and transporting oxygen. Our cells and organs suffocate from lack of oxygen even though we keep breathing, this is called metabolic asphyxiation. When hydrogen cyanide is inhaled it does not damage the respiratory system itself but it stops our ability to carry oxygen with results in systemic failure and rapid death. We basically drowned on the gas, much the same as we would in deep water, thus the painting instillation I created.

There is a great deal of information about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with fires and heating equipment. At this point most Alaskans have CO alarms in their homes right next to the smoke detector. Unfortunately, another danger to first responders such as firefighters and medics, along with victims encountering fire smoke, especially in structure fires, is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). Research indicates that HCN is 35 times more toxic than CO. This is a common and deadly threat that could affect any of us, so sharing this information is vital.

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Circadian Rhythms

I chose to do my STEAM project on circadian rhythms, and specifically their effect on athletic performance. The artwork I made doesn’t necessarily represent the athletic performance aspect, but it is representational of our body’s internal clocks. I made a version of Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” but instead of having …