When her younger sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, 15-year-old Katherine wanted to help.
Katherine watched as her sister repeatedly pricked her finger with a needle to monitor her blood glucose, counted carbs, and injected insulin to keep her blood sugar in check.
Then she had an idea. Katherine created an artificial pancreas as her project for a science fair. The pancreas system was able to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range for two hours longer than traditional insulin injections and prevent high and low swings in blood sugar that are a hallmark of the disease.
Her creation won second place in the science fair, but more importantly, she brought awareness to the disease and new information to those dealing with diabetes.