It's time to nominate young innovators for the Ontario Science Centre's 2014 Weston Youth Innovation Award
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Lots of people talk about making the
world better. The Ontario Science Centre wants to recognize and support
youth to take action to make it better.
Nominations are now open for the prestigious Weston Youth Innovation Award. The Ontario Science Centre is looking for Canadians aged 14 to 18 who
have used science in creative ways to find solutions to real-world
problems. Successful candidates must have taken steps to put their
ideas into action, making a positive change locally or in the wider
"We are so proud of these young people who, as high school students, not
only asked questions but have the determination and creativity to find
answers," said Catherine Paisley, Ontario Science Centre Vice
President, Science Education. "This year, once again, we are looking
for Canadian youth who are natural innovators and deserve recognition
and the opportunity to share their work with the public".
2013 winner Adam Noble, a grade 12 student from Peterborough, Ontario,
wanted to know how nanosilver, an antibacterial agent added to clothing
and other consumer products, affected living things in his home-town
water system. He conducted tests using Euglena microorganisms grown in
his parents' sauna and discovered that the plant-like creatures had an
affinity for absorbing nanosilver. Adam went on to invent a
Euglena-based biofilter for removing nanosilver from water supplies.
The city of Kawartha Lakes is planning to test his prototype next year
in their water-treatment facilities.
The winning applicant or team will be featured in a video animation by
the Centre's award-winning graphics team, to be broadcast online and in
the Weston Family Innovation Centre -- the news hub of the Science
Centre, which welcomes more than one million visitors each year. In
addition, they will receive a $2,000 prize, travel expenses to attend
the award ceremony in Toronto, and an Ontario Science Centre
membership. Finalists also receive recognition.
Do you know someone who might qualify? Please contact wyia@OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
Youth are invited to put their names forward. Teachers and community
leaders are asked to encourage potential candidates to apply.
Nominations must be received by February 1, 2014. An external jury will
make a selection in April 2014 and the winner will be announced on the
website by June 15, 2014.
Detailed information about the Weston Youth Innovation Award and information on past winners can be found at www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca/innovationaward.
About the Weston Youth Innovation Award
The Weston Youth Innovation Award was established in 2008 to encourage and recognize young Canadian
innovators and was named in recognition of The W. Garfield Weston
Foundation's $15 million lead gift to the Ontario Science Centre's Agents of Change initiative. This national award builds on the Foundation's longstanding
tradition of support to educational initiatives for Canadian youth.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the
communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding
through engagement with science of local, national and global
relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 46
million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for
Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for
innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology,
aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action
to create a better future for the planet. The Ontario Science Centre is
an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at OntarioScienceCentre.ca. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre. Twitter: @OntScienceCtr.
SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre
For further information:
Director, Strategic Communications
Ontario Science Centre