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Other people talk about making the world better. You did something.
Presented annually, the Weston Youth Innovation Award recognizes and honours young Canadian innovators who are making a difference. It provides students aged 14 to 18 a unique way to share their ideas to a much larger audience! Interested? Why not tell us about your accomplishments? You could be the next Weston Youth Innovation Award winner.
The award is generously funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
Your project will also be featured in an Ontario Science Centre exhibit.
We look for individuals or groups who:
The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, February 12, 2021 at midnight 11:59 ET.
Send us a short email expressing interest and describing why you think you should receive the award (maximum 200 words). If you qualify, we’ll be in touch with a link to the online application form.
For the application process, you’ll need to provide a short essay describing your work, references and a one-minute video pitching your project to the judges!
In addition to the cash prizes above, the winner's work will be featured in a professional animation on display in the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. It will also be posted on this website, in order to inspire other youth to think, work and collaborate in new ways .
The Ontario Science Centre was proud to present the 2020 Weston Youth Innovation Award to five enterprising teens from across Canada.
Ethan created a device that monitors and records kidney disease data. The device uses photon-based colour measurement and machine learning to provide accurate digital readings and improve on traditional urinalysis test strips. It also has the potential to help researchers gather large sets of more precise data in their battle against rare kidney diseases.
At age 9, Nora set out to discover why her ears hurt when she used the hand dryers in public washrooms. Now 14, she has logged countless hours doing on-site testing and analyzing data, eventually determining that some devices operate at a volume higher than 110 decibels, presenting a very real risk to young children’s hearing. Her results have been published in Paediatrics & Child Health, and she has met with manufacturers to raise awareness about the problem.
Concerned about the homelessness crisis, Adrianna and Pasha developed a solution that would help people survive harsh Canadian winters on the streets. The result is a 2 kg backpack fashioned from materials bought at a local hardware store for under $20. The pack expands like an accordion, creating a 2-metre, thermal-lined shelter.
Helping support those with mental illness is a cause close to Nethra’s heart, especially with the prevalence of anxiety and depression among teens. She spent over three years developing a wearable device that alerts its user to physiological changes associated with depressive and anxiety disorders. The device then connects with an app that uses biofeedback and cognitive behavioural therapy to provide support.
The Weston Youth Innovation Award is generously supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and is administered by the Ontario Science Centre.