Some bright young minds from Vancouver are celebrating tonight after winning some big awards at the world’s largest high school science research competition.
17 year old Raymond Wang, who attends St. George’s high school, won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
He engineered a new air inlet system for airplane cabins to improve air quality and curb disease transmission.
“Being at ISEF that was just a dream come true, and actually being recognized as one of the top prizes at ISEF, it was unbelievable. I am actually having trouble just taking all of that in.”
“It was just a fantastic experience being at ISEF, to actually be recognized in this way, truly was very humbling and absolutely amazing.”
He says the airline industry is already interested in his research which looked at reducing the spread of infectious diseases airplanes by adjusting airflow.
“I have had the pleasure of discussing my project with various people from the airline industry, including United Technologies and Boeing as well. They were all very hopeful for this project. I’ve actually obtained a provisional patent for my innovation.”
16 year old Nicole Ticea , a student at York House, won $50,000 for developing a testing device to combat the high rate of HIV infection in low-income communities.
“I was absolutely shocked, I went through a million scenarios the night before, and winning did not appear in any of them. I do not know what to think, I still don’t know what to think.”
She says she attended last year and never thought she could win.
“I remember looking up to the people on stage as if they were on some sort of pedestal, completely unattainable goals, I could not imagine myself transposed into that scenario, so when it actually happened, it did not process.”
Three other students from B.C. won awards as well.
The money will go towards their post-secondary education and continued research.