The Canada-Wide Science Fair 2013, in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Participants from Waterloo-Wellington won three silver and three bronze medals.
For information on past achievements at the CWSF, go to the Archives
All 2013 award winnners


Linda Lu

Waterloo Collegiate Institute

2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Award of Merit
  • Gold Medallion
  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Senior Bronze Medal    Sponsor: Youth Science Canada - $100
    • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship    Senior Bronze Medallist - $1000
    • University of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarship    Bronze Medallist - $1000
    Antioxidants Induce Severe Death to Human Normal Cells
    Antioxidants is widely thought to benefit health. This project shows strikingly that green tea and its extract (EGCG) induced significant death and DNA damage in human lung and skin normal cells. The results provide a compelling explanation why antioxidants increased lung and skin cancers observed in clinical trials, and unravel a new damaging mechanism. This study may lead to effective prevention and therapies of diseases.



    Sherwood Marks

    Rockway Mennonite Collegiate

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit


  • En Garde: Fencing Dummy Fights Back

    My invention is a mechanical fencing dummy that thrusts with proper form to provide fencers an efficient and useful training partner. Although fencers need to practice frequently to improve their skills, a human opponent is not always available. This dummy allows fencers to practice alone to improve their fencing techniques, timing, distance, stamina, speed and more. The dummy's arm is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder.



    Nish Singh

    Centennial P.S

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Division Award
  • Engineering Science Quest Award
  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Junior - Bronze Medal
      Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $100
    • Western University Scholarship Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship Sponsor: Western University
    Gosh, My House Keeps Moving!

    This project aimed to determine the effect of space weather on the accuracy of GPS equipment used in cars. Investigations were made to study the impact of proton density, total electron content, solar wind speed and factors such as proximity to high buildings etc. A simple error estimator software was made to auto-correct the readings, based on correlation observed in the experiments.



    Emma Hoover

    John McCrae Public School

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Division Award
  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Junior - Bronze Medal
      Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $100
    • Western University Scholarship Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
      Sponsor: Western University
    Plants That Bug Superbugs

    Antibiotic resistance in bacteria has become one of the major public health concerns of the 21st century. In my project, I designed and developed an assay for using ethnobotanical extracts to determine their efficiency against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. The end goal would be to develop semi synthetic compounds from these natural products in order to develop new drugs to replace synthetic antibiotics.



    Nikhil Patil

    Centennial P.S.

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Award of Excellence
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Division Award
  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Junior - Silver Medal
      Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $300
    • Western University Scholarship Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship Sponsor: Western University

    Subliminal Stimuli - Can You Be Subliminally Misled?

    This project revolves around the idea of making subliminal stimuli effective, as it is not powerful enough simply used by itself. Multiple novel conditions were found in order to make subliminal stimuli effective. Three experiments were conducted, with 165 subjects each. Statistical tests such as the chi-squared test of independence as well as the correlation coefficient test were used to ensure valid findings.



    Max Reed & Kelly Dong

    Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Google Young Researcher Award

  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Senior - Silver Medal    Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $300
    • Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2500
    • UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Western Ontario Scholarship    Silver Medallist - $2000

    The Effects of Hypoxia on Embryonic Development

    Our work investigated the use of hypoxia, or low oxygen, as an alternative to hypothermia for storing organs and tissues. To determine whether or not it was possible to use hypoxia in this way, the embryos of Drosophila melanogaster, or the fruit fly, were incubated in low-oxygen conditions. We found that this could stop the embryos from developing while maintaining their viability.



    Daniel Penner & Aaron Buckley

    Waterloo Collegiate Institute

    2013 WWSEF Awards
  • Gold Medallion
  • Award of Merit
  • Best of Division Award
  • Sir Isaac Newton Award

  • CWSF 2013 AWARDS:
    • Excellence Award - Senior - Silver Medal    Sponsor: Youth Science Canada $300
    • Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2500
    • UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship    Senior Silver Medallist - $2000
    • University of Western Ontario Scholarship    Silver Medallist - $2000

    The Spots in the Lots

    Increasing parking demands cause thousands of litres of gasoline to be burned by drivers trying to find a parking spot. We created a model predicting the hourly occupancy of parking lots, based on their surrounding features. By forecasting parking trends, drivers can be routed to the nearest parking lot that is likely to have available spots; thus greatly reducing wasted time and emissions.


    Canada-Wide Science Fair Awards
    Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are assigned to the top projects in each division and category.
    There are many other awards at the CWSF which vary yearly.
    Up to date information is available from Youth Science Canada