Canada-Wide Science Fair Alumni Win STEAM Horizon Award

Wed, 2017-05-17 12:24 -- Reni Barlow

STEAM Horizon Awards, Ottawa, ON – Wednesday, May 17 the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation will be presenting seven STEAM Horizon Awards to Canadian students, three of whom are recent Canada-Wide Science Fair participants. Aidan Aird of Markham, Ontario, Marianne Drolet-Sénéchal of Sherbrooke, Québec, and Thomas Imbeault-Nepton of Saint-Honoré, Québec will be receiving the award along with four students from Toronto, Winnipeg, Scarborough and Lark Harbour.

The award, presented in Ottawa at the first annual National Science and Innovation Gala, recognizes Canadian youth who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), who are making differences in their communities using STEAM. Along with the acknowledgment of their amazing contributions and innovations, these seven students will be receiving a $25,000 grant for their post-secondary education.

All three CWSF alumni, award recipients, have participated in the Fair in the past couple of years, receiving Thomas, a current Canada-Wide Science Fair finalist, is in Regina competing for over $1,000,000 with 460 other young, Canadian scientists. He will be flying to Ottawa, from Regina, Wednesday night to be recognized for his accomplishments and receive the award.

For me, science has no limits – it represents the infinite because you never know where it will lead. My goal has always been to help people improve their lives. That’s why, in my early science fair projects I developed a system to help people with Parkinson’s to walk. This past year I studied how light can help people with attention deficit disorder. Finally, this year, I worked on a system to detect and prevent falls for seniors. A sense of ambition is essential for doing science. – Thomas Imbeault Nepton

Youth Science Canada prides itself on engaging and celebrating excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among Canadian Youth and we are very proud of these students for the work they are doing to advance STEAM in their communities and across the country. The future of science is bright in Canada with these inspiring students at the helm.

More information on the award winners and their work can be found on the STEAM Horizon Awards webpage.