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Four FMPSD Students Off To Ottawa For Canada Wide Science Fair

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Four FMPSD Students Off To Ottawa For Canada Wide Science Fair

Photo courtesy: Greg Halinda

Fort McMurray will be well represented in Ottawa at the upcoming Canada Wide Science Fair.

Four students from the Fort McMurray Public School District took home finalist honours at the Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair and are now off to the nation’s capital to represent team Wood Buffalo.

The finalists are Dhruv and Dhvani Patel – both of Westwood Community High School and Krish Shah and Shaaf Babar of Ecole MacTavish.

Dhruv, who recently won the $100,000 Loran Scholarship, tells Mix News he earned a spot on Team Wood Buffalo with his Drowsy Driver Detection System.

“It uses basically a camera to detect your eyes, yawn frequency and heart rate through the camera. The way it works is, you mount your camera on your dashboard and it detects your drowsiness with a great accuracy.

Dhruv adds that it was a televised news story that drew his attention to the need for a drowsy-driving prevention system.

He says now he’s just looking forward to attending his first ever CWSF.

“Most looking forward to seeing all the amazing projects there, especially with technology and related to my field when I am graduating. Meeting new people obviously, because hopefully, they will be my peers as I go on – they are like the 700 best projects across the country and I guess my goal is hopefully to just earn a medal there.”

The ninth grade Shah also couldn’t contain his excitement.

Shah won for his project HALO – Heart Ability LOG and Operator, where he developed an app for smartwatches and phones that can monitor heart rates and detect sudden cardiac issues.

“This will be my first time going to nationals. I feel an overwhelming feeling of joy,” Shah said. “My project can sense cardiac arrest or other cardiovascular diseases where there are no apparent symptoms.”

Mayor Don Scott and Deputy Superintendent Phil Meagher stand with finalists. Photo courtesy: Greg Halinda

For Shaaf Babar, who’s in eighth grade, he’s heading to his second straight CWSF.

Babar explains how his project called “Smart Escape,” uses a Dijkstra Based Algorithm to determine the shortest-safe exit, in case of an emergency.

“It’s an amazing experience to go again. I created an app, which alerts users when there’s a fire or any other hazard. It shows them the shortest, and safest way to escape. It can be used in apartments, hotels, or schools.”

The fourth finalist, Dhvani Patel, is going to CWSF for the third straight year for his Wireless Activity Advisor SMART Infant Health Technology.

The project tracks baby temperatures, medical records and activities to name a few elements.

He says he’s looking forward to representing Team Wood Buffalo.

“I’m pretty excited, especially because the CWSF is in Ottawa. This will be a fun week. It feels good to be able to do this all through my high school career.”

The Canada Wide Science Fair runs from May 12-19.