Fredericton (New Brunswick), May 16, 2019 – The jury is out. The judgment is rendered. Canada's most inspiring and ingenious science project in 2019 belongs to Bhavya Mohan, a 16-year-old, grade 10 student from Ottawa. Bhavya received the news that he had earned the Best Fair Project award at Canada-Wide Science Fair 2019 on May 16th at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Mohan's project entitled "Taking ABiTE out of Cancer: A Novel Aptamer based BiTE for Cancer Immunotherapy", introduces a novel platform that will improve the human body's ability to naturally detect and eliminate cancerous cells and be an affordable alternative to current immunotherapies.
The other students taking top honours at CWSF Fredericton 2019 were Islay Graham, a 13-year-old from Bluewater, Ontario, for her project on the Great Lakes Piping Plover, an endangered shorebird and Manning Whitby, from Toronto, who developed an advanced wearable aid that provides blind and visually impaired individuals greater spatial perception through tactile feedback.
"On behalf of educators and partners who participate in some way in science in Canada, I congratulate our exceptional young scientists and innovators," says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada, organizers of CWSF. "Everyone who completed a science project in 2019 deserves our congratulations."
The three top winners of CWSF will participate in a panel introduced by MP Matt DeCourcey, today, 9:30 a.m., as part of the closing day activities of the five-day event – Canada's largest STEM fair, which comes on the heels of regional events held in communities across Canada. The panel event is open to the public without any charge. Canada-Wide Science Fair opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, May 15, and remains open until the end of the fair at 3:00 p.m. ADT today.
Held at the campus of the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, CWSF 2019 featured 409 projects from youth representing every province and territory, including 34 from first nations, Métis or Inuit communities. Projects ranged in topic from social justice issues to indigenous studies.
"The event is a sight to behold," says Barlow. "Not because of any fancy frills, but because of the talent, passion and ingenuity of Canadian students. Outside of congratulating them, all we can do is encourage them to continue developing their sense of exploration and striving for solutions that lead to positive change in our world."
Finalists in the fair - students in grades 7-12 – competed for nearly $1 millionin cash awards, scholarships and prestigious opportunities including the Intact Climate Change Resilience Awards, the Ted Rogers Innovation Awards and the Youth Can Innovate Awards.
The complete list of winners and finalists, as well as full information on the top three awards, can be found at: 2019_cwsf_awards_en.pdf.
View the complete awards ceremony on YouTube.
About Youth Science Canada
Since 1962, Youth Science Canada has been Canada's leading organization for the promotion of innovation and celebration of excellence in science, engineering and technology among our Canadian youth. A national non-profit and registered charity, Youth Science Canada provides or partners in programs to increase awareness and involvement of youth in science, engineering and technology to engage, mentor and recognize Canada'syoung scientists. Youth Science Canada also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national science, engineering and technology network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit youthscience.ca.
Melissa Arauz, Torchia Communications