Potential medical simulation using video game techniques by Taran Sunkara


My name is Taran Sunkara and I am fifteen years old. I was born and raised in California my whole life. I am currently attending West High school. During my free time I like to do a lot of things. I like to read, cook and play soccer. However, like every boy I know I love to play video games.


I have been playing video games since I was 6 years old. That was two years before I found out I also love to play soccer. Even though I love both there are sometimes that I would choose to play video games rather than practice soccer. It is not that I don't like playing soccer, it's just because I like to be lazy a lot. I spend a lot of time finding ways to speed up the activity I am doing so that I can go back to just relaxing.


As a kid I have been playing a lot of games. So instead of just playing games all the time, my dad instead decided to enroll me into a robotics program that was 40 minutes away. This was a lot of fun for me. I made my own robots, and scripted the robot with help of instructors to make it move and fight in competitions against other kids robots. Other than just making robots I also made a few games. However at the time that wasn't my main focus so I did it for fun on this small program named Scratch. Scratch gave me the commands, so all I had to do was drag them and connect them to make my games. This compared to making a game from scratch is very different. Of course there are similarities but there are also big differences like writing your own code.


I plan to make a simulation to help medical students who are learning to be surgeons or a normal family doctor to learn on. This way they can get the real life consequences and real life responses that you would get if you were actually operating on someone.


Thanks


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