The Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014, in Windsor, Ontario.

Participants from Waterloo-Wellington won two gold, four silver and one bronze medals.
For information on past achievements at the CWSF, go to the Archives
All 2014 award winnners


Kevin Strauss & Kevin Dong


Waterloo Collegiate Institute

The Calculated Crisis

Challenge: Environment
Category: Senior

Abstract:
Every year, hurricanes along the East Coast create storm surges which devastate cities . To help these cities, a method was devised using physics and ArcGIS, a mapping and data manipulation program, to estimate the extent and damage caused by hypothetical storm surges. With Jacksonville, FL, as the city of study, the method was used to calculate the surge extent to an accuracy of 81%.
CWSF Awards: Value
The Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award - Senior
Sponsor: The Actuarial Foundation of Canada
$1 000
Challenge Award - Environment - Senior
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$1 000
Excellence Award - Senior - Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$700
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship Senior Gold Medallist
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5 000
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Scholarship Senior Gold Medallist
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship Senior Gold Medallist
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5 000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship Senior Gold Medallist
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4 000
Western University Entrance Scholarship Gold Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000
University of Windsor Entrance Scholarship Senior Challenge Award Recipient
Sponsor: University of Windsor
$2 000
Total   $26 700


Devanshi Shukla


Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute, Guelph

Quorum sensing: A novel approach for identifying anti-microbial herbal plants

Challenge: Innovation
Category: Intermediate

Abstract:
Measuring reduction of luminescence in V. fischeri due to the addition of 6 medicinal plants (Holy Basil, Cumin, Coriander, Nutmeg, Turmeric & Artemisia) is a new approach for quantifying the efficiency of their anti-bacterial compounds. This research explored the effect of extracts in direct contact with bacteria as well as the volatile effect of fresh leaves and compounds without contact.
CWSF Awards: Value
Challenge Award - Innovation - Intermediate
Sponsor: BlackBerry
$750
Excellence Award - Intermediate - Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$700
Western University Entrance Scholarship Gold Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000
Total   $5 450


Arjun Pandey


Waterloo Collegiate Institute

The Effects of Body Mass Index and Weight Loss on Pulmonary Blood Pressure

Challenge: Health
Category: Intermediate

Abstract:
Pulmonary hypertension can have many negative effects on individuals' health, including premature mortality. My study demonstrates a strong correlation between obesity (measured through Body Mass Index) and elevated pulmonary pressures, and also demonstrates a strong correlation between weight loss and a reduction in pulmonary pressures, suggesting that obesity is an important potential contributor to pulmonary hypertension.
CWSF Awards: Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate - Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$300
Western University Entrance Scholarship Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000
Total   $2 300



Avinash Pandey


Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Addressing Forgetfulness as a Contributor to Inactivity: A Text Message Solution

Challenge: Health
Category: Senior

Abstract:
Inactivity post-heart attack is common and can have serious repercussions. The purpose of this study was to assess the role of forgetfulness in inactivity and the effectiveness of an automated text message reminder system to improve exercise adherence. In 50 individuals, text message reminders resulted in a 40% improvement in exercise adherence over 1 year. Forgetfulness appears to be a significant contributor to inactivity.
CWSF Awards: Value
Excellence Award - Senior - Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$300
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Sciencey
$2 500
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000
Western University Entrance Scholarship Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000
Total   $8 800


Andrew Ilyas


Waterloo Collegiate Institute

The Effects of Body Mass Index and Weight Loss on Pulmonary Blood Pressure

Challenge: Innovation
Category: Intermediate

Abstract:
MicroFilters is a novel system harnessing the power of Twitter for disaster response using automatic image extraction and machine learning. Previously, tweets were manually filtered for images or automatically classified using text. MicroFilters automates the filtering process using a novel image-based approach accelerating disaster response and producing richer data than text alone. MicroFilters was used by the UN during Typhoon Haiyan and the Oklahoma Tornado.
CWSF Awards: Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate - Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$300
Western University Entrance Scholarship Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000
Total   $2 300


George Utsin


Waterloo Collegiate Institute

AlgEYE: Automation of Algal Hydrogen Production

Challenge: Innovation
Category: Senior

Abstract:
AlgEYE is a system that automatically monitors algal growth and controls hydrogen production. Green algae is known to produce hydrogen gas under anaerobic states influenced by sulfur depletion, however this can have negative long term repercussions on the algae. By creating a system that automatically regulates the sulfur levels, hydrogen production is not sacrificed to algal nutrient starvation.
CWSF Awards: Value
Excellence Award - Senior - Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$300
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Sciencey
$2 500
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship Senior Silver Medallist
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000
Western University Entrance Scholarship Silver Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000
Total   $8 800


Parker Hoyes


St. John's-Kilmarnock School

Trendsetter

Challenge: Discovery
Category: Junior

Abstract:
Trendsetter is a project created by Parker Hoyes in the areas of Theoretical Physics and Computer Science. This project uses a Java physics engine exclusively created by Parker Hoyes to model physics scenarios with which this project aims to discover a proof of the Butterfly Effect in Chaos Theory.
CWSF Awards: Value
Excellence Award - Junior - Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Nuclear Waste Management Organization
$100
Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medallist
Sponsor: Western University
$1 000
Total   $1 100

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