Kayley Ting (16), (left in photo) a grade 11 student from Richmond Hill, Ontario, won second prize, with a cash value of 5,000 Euros (CAD$7,400), at today's award ceremony for the 2016 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), in Brussels, Belgium.
Kayley’s project, titled Analysis of Electrodermal Activity to Quantify Stress Levels in Autism involved building and testing a sensor to measure skin electrical activity to monitor stress levels that are indicative of sensory overload in individuals with autism. She hopes this can be turned into a wearable device to help assist autistic individuals.
Two other two second prize awards were won by students from Germany.
Kayley was selected to participate in EUCYS by Youth Science Canada on the basis of her results in May at the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal. She won top honours – Best Project out of 480 finalists and 414 projects from every province and territory.
This is the fifth EUCYS award for young Canadian scientists, who have been participating since the contest's 20th anniversary in 2008. EUCYS 2016 wraps up this evening with a farewell party. Participants head home Tuesday morning.
More information is available on the EUCYS 2016 web site.
Youth Science Canada