Ontario Science Centre announces winner of national prize
TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Innovators look at the world a little differently. They are curious,
persistent, and use science and technology as a lens to understand the
world around them. In recognizing and identifying problems, they hope
to create solutions for everyone's benefit. 18-year old Adam Noble of
Lakefield, Ontario epitomizes the innovator's spirit, and has been
awarded the 2013 Weston Youth Innovation Award.
Living near the Trent Waterway, Adam Noble's curiosity originally led
him to wonder about the effects of nano-silver—a common anti-microbial
material used in the production of consumer products such as cosmetics,
detergents and textiles—on local water supplies. Interested in the
potential environmental and health impacts, he began to experiment with
methods for detecting silver in wastewater. Through repeated testing
Noble discovered that Euglena, a tiny single-celled organism, could not
only detect the nano-silver but retrieve it as well.
After hundreds of hours spent in the lab, Noble has built a prototype
Euglena biofilter to remove the nano-silver from water. "My research
project has grown and developed in ways that I never could have
imagined," explains Noble.
"We are very impressed by Adam's imagination and dedication to his
work," says Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Vice President of Science Experience
and Chief Science Officer at the Ontario Science Centre. "We are sure
that we will be seeing much more from Adam in the future as he
continues to pursue his career as an engaged scientist."
Noble's work and his persistence in advocating for his ideas while
engaging professionals in the field to help were seen as evidence of
the skills, attitudes and behaviours of innovation that the Ontario
Science Centre and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation hope to
acknowledge through the Weston Youth Innovation Award. Noble will be awarded the $2,000 prize at the Ontario Science Centre
on June 4, 2013. In addition, he will work with a multimedia team at
the Science Centre to create an animation showcasing his project. The
animation will be displayed in the Weston Family Innovation Centre and
shared through the Science Centre's social media channels. Details of
his project will be posted at www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca/innovationaward.
"Our family is eager to support young people like Adam who work hard,
using innovative approaches to explore real-world solutions. Adam is
at the beginning of a tremendous journey and we are delighted to
recognize him," says Serena Mitchell, grand-daughter of W. Garfield
Weston and representative of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
2013 Weston Youth Innovation Award Finalists
Jessie MacAlpine (Woodstock, Ontario), combined garlic mustard and coffee grinds to produce an
environmentally friendly and effective herbicide.
Jamil Merali (Corbeil, Ontario), built a haptic shoe with GPS receiver, motors, and ultrasonic sensors
to aid people with various physical and mental challenges.
Kyle Potts (Barrie, Ontario), developed a method to produce stronger-than-wood panels from
Soumya Srinivasan (Ottawa, Ontario), designed a reliable and portable device to prevent drowning.
Janelle Tam (Waterloo, Ontario), discovered that nano-crystalline cellulose from trees is a powerful
anti-oxidant that can be used in food, health care, and cosmetics.
The Weston Youth Innovation Award was established 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, and to honour The Foundation's support and commitment to
Award Review Panel
Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Vice President Science Experience and Chief Science Officer, Ontario
Serena Mitchell, Representative, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Director, Stable Isotope
Laboratory, Board Member, Ontario Science Centre
Dr. Marc Nantel, PhD, P.Phys., Associate Vice-President - Research & Innovation,
Niagara College Canada
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 45
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; www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre; www.Twitter.com/OntScienceCtr; www.YouTube.com/user/OntarioScienceCentre.
SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre
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