Results of the STEM and Community Competition
February 10, 2015
First award ($6000 towards the trip to 2015 World Jamboree in Japan)
James Watson, from 1st Couteau Venturer Company in Kamloops, BC with his project: “How efficient and environmentally friendly is my campfire?” In this project, James examines the efficiency of heating by burning wood, charcoal, and other combustible materials. He has devised a method to calculate and compare the amount of heat produced by fires of different sources and figure out which fuel produces the most efficient fire.
Second award ($1000 towards the trip to 2015 World Jamboree in Japan)
Abby Maddock from 7th Kanata Venture Company in Ontario for her project “Device for Generating Electricity and Purifying Water from a Renewable Energy Source”. Abby has designed a device that allows campers to use the heat from a fire that is boiling water to produce small amounts of electricity. The electricity is transferred through a USB port and can be used to charge a cellphone.
Third award ($500 towards the trip to 2015 World Jamboree in Japan)
Kieren O’Neil from 1st Couteau Troop in Kamloops, BC for his project “Deciphering Recycling”. Kieren developed a smartphone app to help users understand which plastics can be recycled and what the plastic resin code on the different products mean. His vision is that this app will help people learn more about recycling and will encourage them to recycle more so that less plastic ends up in landfills or harms the environment.