Saharsh Hariharan & Rushi Gandhi

Senior Category $8000 Award

Mississauga and Brampton, ON

HapticNav: A Vibrotactile Navigation System for the Visually Impaired

Individuals who experience visual impairment have a difficult time navigating independently. To solve this problem, these grade 11 students created a navigation system, consisting of a hardware device and an Android application, that could guide visually impaired individuals to their desired destination. The system uses haptic feedback through vibration patterns to guide individuals. The system was proven to be 100% accurate when tested on visually impaired individuals.

Justin Lin

Senior Category $8000 Award

Winnipeg, MB

Peptide-Directed Knockdown of Misfolded SOD1 by Chaperone – Mediated Autophagy

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that results in death 3-5 years following diagnosis. Currently, there is no cure or definitive diagnostic test for ALS. Eighteen-year-old Lin’s project investigates two novel techniques: firstly, we demonstrate the potential of our modified ELISA technique as a diagnostic tool. We also show our TAT-CT4-CTM peptide’s ability to knock down ALS-associated misfolded SOD1; this peptide could be a cure for ALS.

Tim Wu

Senior Category $8000 Award

Calgary, AB

Exploring the Novel Use of Eggshells to Address Organic Solar Cell Instability

While the common societal perception of solar cells is focused on monocrystalline silicon solar cells, organic solar cells provides benefits such as low manufacturing/processing costs and molecular tunability. However, instability of organic polymers is vastly understudied and has yet to be fully addressed. The grade 11 student’s project explored unprocessed waste eggshells as a cheap, environmentally friendly, abundant alternative to orthodox methods of addressing the prevalent issue of photo-degradation.

Charles Wang & Spencer Zezulka

Senior Category $8000 Award

Surrey, BC

Solar-Powered Production of Clean Fuel by the Fermentation of C. acetobutylicum

The need for a source of clean energy is a pervasive one. The grade 11 student’s project seeks to do so through the bio-systemic manipulation of a photosynthetic biomass source and a metabolizing agent to produce carbon-neutral fuel. Possible applications of this project, especially because of its highly-scaleable nature include the cleaning of the atmosphere by sequestration of carbon dioxide, or the production of return fuel for Mars.

Colette Benko

Senior Category $1000 Award

Calgary, AB

Novel Pediatric Cancer Therapy: Targeting Epigenetics to Induce Differentiation

Senior Category $1000 Awards

An Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) inhibitor was investigated for it’s effect on differentiation pathways in neuroblastoma cells. Differentiation is the process of specializing and maturing, by inducing this in neuroblastoma it allows for better treatment outcomes and lower chance of relapse in patients. The inhibitor shows promise as a new therapeutic agent for treating neuroblastoma through differentiation. Benko is a grade 11 student from St. Mary’s High School.

Nora Boone

Senior Category $1000 Award

St John’s, NFLD

It's only Brain Surgery! 3D Printing: Developing a Craniotomy Simulation Tool

Utilizing 3D printing technology, we successfully developed a simulation tool to train Non-Neurosurgeons (General surgeons), living in rural communities, to perform emergency craniotomies when life threatening intracranial hematomas do not allow transfer time to neurosurgical care. Outcome from serious head injuries requiring operative intervention is highly dependent on timely intervention. Boone, a level 2 student at Holy Heart High School, believes education programs utilizing the device can improve head injury outcomes in rural environments.

Dhrumil Shah

Senior Category $1000 Award

Fort McMurray, AB

Enhancing Electrolysis: Discovering the Separation of the Faradic Currents

Hydrogen has been called ‘the energy carrier of the future’, and it can be produced in a clean manner using electrolysis. Unfortunately, electrolysis is highly inefficient. In 17-year old Shah’s study, inductive reactive voltage pulse were supplied to an electrolyzer in an effort to observe the behavior of the electric double layer interface and separate the faradic currents for the first time ever in electrolysis.

Bowen Xue

Senior Category $1000 Award

Ottawa, ON

Developing Aptamer-Based Targeted Imaging Probes for the Diagnosis of Stroke

Targeted imaging probes for magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography were developed through separate bioconjugations of a fibrinogen-targeted aptamer with a DOTA-gadolinium chelate and with a gold nanoparticle. The aptamer-based contrast agents enhance the diagnostic value of images while minimizing adverse reactions in patients, and could be used in the diagnosis of stroke and intracranial aneurysms to circumvent the conventional invasive imaging procedure. Xue is grade 12 student at Bell High School.

Amal Aziz

Intermediate Category $750 Award

London, ON

Developing a Trojan Horse to Treat Alzheimer's Disease                                                        

Yimeng Li

Intermediate Category $750 Award

Vancouver, BC

Anaerobic Respiration: A Novel Bioelectrochemical Copper Recovery System?

Crystal K. Radinski

Intermediate Category $750 Award

Calgary, AB

EEG Coherence as a Marker for Alzheimer's Dementia                                         

Nattan Telmer

Intermediate Category $750 Award

Victoria, BC

Powering Animal Trackers With Thermal Electric Generators (TEGs)

Danish Mahmood

Junior Category $500 Award

London, ON

W.I.N.I.T.S. (Wireless Interconnected Non-Invasive Triage System)

Bhavya Mohan

Junior Category $500 Award

Ottawa, ON

A Novel Lab on a Chip based PCR Sensor for Disease Diagnostics for Under $1

Harry Parmar

Junior Category $500 Award

Thornhill, ON

Viola-Bac; Power of Synthetic Biology in Real World                                                                                                           

Naomie Azzi

Junior Category $500 Award

Ottawa, ON

Béquilles-o-jnou                                                                                              


The Youth Can Innovate Awards replace and expand upon the Ernest C. Manning Young Canadian Innovators Program.