Canada's Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, met up with the members of Team Canada-EUCYS 2016 today in Brussels. The minister visited with Kayley Ting (image: third from left) from Richmond Hill, Ontario and Katherine Teeter (image: fourth from left) of Markdale, Ontario who are in Belgium representing Canada at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists - the science fair championships for the EU.
The two young scientists were selected for EUCYS by Youth Science Canada on the basis of their outstanding results at the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal in May. Kayley (grade 10) won the CWSF Best Project Award for her project Analysis of Electrodermal Activity to Quantify Stress Levels in Autism in which she built a sensor to measure stress indicative of a sensory overload in individuals with autism. Katherine (grade 12) won the Platinum Award for Best Senior project for her project Synthetic Limpet Teeth for Improved Joint Performance. She designed an all-natural alternative to the current material used for prosthetic implants.
The EUCYS 2016 jury, consisting of 20 prominent scientists from 18 countries, completed its judging this morning. The Awards Ceremony will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 Brussels time on Monday morning. Canada has been represented at EUCYS every year since the contest's 20th anniversary in 2008, except 2015. Over those 7 years, Canadians have won 4 awards.
Minister Duncan will be the keynote speaker at the OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators in Ghent, Belgium, on Monday.
More information is available on the EUCYS 2016 web site.