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61 bold and inquisitive Canadian students each win a Ted Rogers Innovation Award through Canada’s regional ‘virtual’ STEM fair network

Medicine Hat, May 10, 2021 – A total of 61 students across Canada have taken home a $100 cash award as well as receiving recognition and other prizing as part of the Ted Rogers Innovation Awards program, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, with support from Ted Rogers Community Grants.  The program concluded on April 29, at the Southeast Alberta fair, where Debasri Jena from Medicine Hat, Alberta, took home the final regional award of the 2021 ‘virtual’ season

“We’re extremely proud of these students, who come from all corners of our country and are united by a goal of making the world a better place for all,” said Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Canada. “Thanks to partners like Rogers, we are able to engage more and more aspiring young innovators as they lead the path to a better tomorrow through STEM.”

Regional youth science fairs began more than sixty years ago and the Ted Rogers Innovation Award was added to programming in 2018 to recognize Canadian students who express an entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrate commercial potential for their project. The award is part of an ongoing national partnership between Youth Science Canada and Rogers that has included, to date, more than $150,000 spread across fairs and national projects that encourage STEM among Canadian youth of all backgrounds. Award winners are also eligible to receive enrolment tuition in the weeklong Youth Science Canada/York University STEM bootcamp, held annually in August through the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program.

“Ted Rogers Community Grants, which enable organizations like Youth Science Canada to provide initiatives like their annual science fairs, are empowering the next generation of leaders and changemakers across the country,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, Chief Communications Officer and lead for corporate responsibility at Rogers. “We are incredibly proud of this year’s Ted Rogers Innovation Award recipients across Canada, who continue to demonstrate leadership and creativity in their STEM-related projects.”

The list of winners, per region, include:

Debasri Jena in grade 10 from Medicine Hat, AB at the Southeast Alberta fair: Dehydration Sensor

Kay Spencer in grade 7 from Lethbridge, AB at the Lethbridge fair: Pennies From Heaven

Tri Nguyen in grade 10 from Camrose, AB at the Central Alberta Rotary fair: Automated Car Network

Mya Cardinal in grade 10 from High Prairie, AB at the Peace Country fair: What’s In My Water? A Continuous Study of Water quality on a First Nations Reserve: Discovering and Utilizing Water Filtration Techniques

Shivalikaa Govind in grade 10 from Edmonton, AB at the Edmonton fair: Carbon Bomb

Joseph Kostousov in grade 9 from Calgary, AB at the Calgary Youth fair: Gardening Vertically While Saving The World

Omar Shanab in grade 7 from Fort McMurray, AB at the Wood Buffalo fair: I’m Satisfied With My Care

Tyson Neufeld in grade 8 from Dawson Creek, BC at the Northern British Columbia fair: Microbial Fuel Cell for Improved Contaminated Soil Cleanup and Bio-electricity Generation

Mac Dykeman in grade 10 from Langley, BC at the 4-H Canada fair: A Novel Approach to Biosecurity in Hatching

Alexis Kuo in grade 9 from Victoria, BC at the Vancouver Island fair: Exploring an Affordable and Sustainable Approach to Enhance the Effectiveness of Non-Medical Masks

Albert Guo in grade 9 from Surrey, BC at the South Fraser fair: Sleepy? Using a Neural Net to Catch Drowsy Drivers

Aislinn Dressler in grade 12 from Fernie, BC at the East Kootenay fair: Viral Ultraviolet C Furnace Filter

Daniel Kornylo in grade 12 from Gold River, BC at the Northern Vancouver Island fair: EnviroHerp – Challenging Traditional Vivariums

Adam Patton in grade 12 from Kamloops, BC at the Cariboo Mainline fair: The Shapes of the Future

Hayden Persad in grade 11 from Creston, BC at the West Kootenay & Boundary fair: Development of a Pathogen Barrier Device

Kristina Garagan in grade 10 from Penticton, BC at the Central Okanagan fair: The Frilled Explorer Drone

Michaela Stillwell and Antonia Tannert in grade 11 & grade 9 from Prince George BC at the Central Interior BC fair: Straws:  Impact and Solution

Tienlan Sun in grade 11 from Vancouver, BC at the Greater Vancouver fair: TeleAEye: Low-Cost Automated Eye Disease Diagnosis Using a Novel Smartphone Fundus Camera With AI

Jed Borillo in grade 10 from Winnipeg, MB at the Bison fair: Bombyx Mori Silk: a Novel Alternative to Polyacrylonitrile Precursor Fibres

Ella Strachan in grade 8 from Winnipeg, MB at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium fair: Neural Network of Dandelions

Wynonna Wood & Bree Racette in grade 11 from Ebb and Flow, MB at the Manitoba Indigenous fair: Motion Controlled Video Game Controller

Graydon Strachan in grade 11 from Winnipeg, MB at the Winnipeg Schools fair: Machine Learning Based Weather Cell Temperature Prediction

Amanda Zhang in grade 12 from Fredericton, NB at the North-West New Brunswick fair: The Conscious Spending App

Theodore Reimer & Isaac Martin in grade 7 & grade 8 from Campobello Island, NB at the South-East New Brunswick fair: Plant-o-Matic

Téo L’Italien in grade 8 from Notre-Dame de Kent, NB at the Districts francophones du N-B fair: Le réjuvénateur de marqueurs

Sydney Vaters in grade 10 from Pouch Cove, NL at the Eastern Newfoundland fair: Masks

Elise Munro in grade 7 from Port Hood, NS at the Strait fair: Air Powered Engines

Charlie McLaughlin in grade 10 from Yarmouth, NS at the Tri-County fair: Rate My Drive

Vincent Armstrong in grade 8 from Windsor, NS at the Annapolis Valley fair: The Green Machine

Owen Whynot in grade 7 from Aklavik, NT at the Beaufort Delta fair: Solar Power

Cyndi Rayson in grade 7 from Sarnia, ON at the Lambton County fair: Dead in the Water: The Environmental Effects of Sunscreen

Zoe Shufelt in grade 7 from Peterborough, ON at the Peterborough fair: Frozen To The Core

Olivia O’Driscoll in grade 11 from Kingston, ON at the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington fair: Using Machine Learning to Assess Trainee Skill in Central Venous Catheterizations

Avery Parkinson in grade 11 from Ottawa, ON at the Ottawa fair: Lab to Table: A differential gene expression analysis of RNA-sequenced bovine stem cells & myocytes

Andrew Mao in grade 11 from Toronto, ON at the Toronto fair: Rapid Detection of Concussions

Neil Mitra in grade 11 from Waterloo, ON at the Waterloo-Wellington fair: A Graphene Oxide Paper Microfluidic Device for Heart Attacks

Thomas Morrison in grade 8 from London, ON at the Thames Valley fair: Flushing Away Water Wastage: A novel automatic toilet design

Mehar Mago in grade 10 from Thunder Bay, ON at the Northwestern Ontario fair: Status of Mental Health during COVID-19 in Thunder Bay

Niko Voth in grade 9 from Thornhill, ON at the York fair: From Waste to Wonder: What can we do with Biowaste?

Sia Mehta in grade 7 from Collingwood, ON at the Simcoe County fair: Smart Sorter

Cooper LeSauvage in grade 8 from Hanover, ON at the Bluewater fair: A Helping Hand

Surya Narayan Santhakumar in grade 7 from Belleville, ON at the Quinte fair: Snowbot

Paul (Kyum) Lee in grade 10 from Hamilton, ON at the Bay Area fair: Development of a 3d Cursor for Robotic arm Programming Optimization

Cameron O’Daiskey & Isaac Jeanveau in grade 8 from Sudbury, ON at the Sudbury fair: Snuffed Out

Lucas Nguyen in grade 9 from Charlottetown, PEI at the Prince Edward Island fair: PEI Rocket

Médéric Lagacé in 5e secondaire from Témiscouata-sur- le-Lac, QC at the Est du Québec fair: BioFixC

Séréna Harvey & Mélody Gagnon in 3e secondaire from Saguenay, QC at the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean fair: «Joint»-toi à la décision

Benoît Audet in 5e secondaire from Québec, QC at the Québec et Chaudière- Appalaches fair: Sans-abri mais sans frissons!

Alexandre Grenier in 4e secondaire from Trois-Rivieres, QC at the Mauricie, Centre-du-Qubébec fair: Robot Robuste AlexBot

Samuel Provencher & Nathan Goupil in 2e secondaire from Samuel: Sherbrooke & Nathan: Orford, QC at the Estriefair: Polystyrène: VERT l’avenir !

Edward Kovac in 1e secondaire from Westmount, QC at the Montréal fair: Entendre, mais à quel prix?

Charles Dionne & Louis-Marie Lebeau in 2e secondaire from Sorel-Tracy, QC at the Montérégie fair: La Terre, et ensuite ?

Laurence Liang in Cégep from Roxboro, QC at the MRSTF fair: miRNA Discovery for COVID-19

Karianne Romain in 5e secondaire from Gatineau, QC at the Outaouais fair: Organes sur commande

Jacob Martineau in Cégep from Rouyn-Noranda, QC at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue fair: Mise en échec au DMA

Samuel Gauthier in 4e secondaire from Baie-Comeau, QC at the Côte-Nord fair: Comment figer les atomes

Hunter Kopeck in grade 7 from White City, SK at the Regina fair: Robotic Hand

Mitchell Friesen & Colton Koethler in grade 8 from Wymark, SK at the Saskatchewan Chinook fair: Measuring Volume With Sand

Cyrus Fern & Jenika Toutsaint in grade 7 from Black Lake First Nation, SK at the Saskatchewan 1st Nations fair: Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

Jocelyn Pon in grade 12 from Saskatoon, SK at the Saskatoon fair: Bioplastics: Production of Biofilms from Agricultural Products

Halia Pealow in grade 7 from Whitehorse, YT at the Yukon-Stikine fair: Immigrant Supports

Largely organized by dedicated volunteers, Canada’s more than 105 regional fairs collectively engage more than 25,000 youth, grades 7 – 12, across the country per year. Each regional fair is also award $100 to go towards the development of STEM initiative in the region.

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