News Release: FMPSD Students Win Silver and Bronze at CWSF

L-R: Dhvani, Shaaf, Krish and Dhruv L-R: Dhvani, Shaaf, Krish and Dhruv

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 29, 2018) Congratulations Team Wood Buffalo consisting of Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) students on winning Silver and Bronze at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Ottawa earlier this month. Krish Shah, grade 9 student at École McTavish Junior High School brought home Silver, and Bronze Medals were secured by Dhruv Patel, Dhvani Patel, and Shaaf Babar. In addition, prestigious national Challenge Awards were won by Krish and Shaaf.

“CWSF allowed me to experience great things and to be inspired to do even more. The way students mixed their hobbies and passions with STEM struck me as quite interesting,” shared Krish.

He won for his project, HALO - Heart Ability LOG and Operator. He developed an app for smart watches, and smart phones, which monitors the user’s heart rate, and can detect sudden cardiac issues. 

“Winning a Silver Medal and a Challenge Award was great recognition for the hard work I put in. Overall, CWSF was a great success and I hope I am given the chance to go next year,” he added.

Shaaf Babar agrees. He is in grade 8 at École McTavish Junior High School, and was  delighted to meet “new, like-minded people and learn so much.”

“Winning anything at the national level is pretty hard as there were so many excellent projects and the judging process is really tough so I am very pleased with the results. But my favourite part is the experience itself. I feel very happy to have been on Team Wood Buffalo again and I feel more motivated than ever to keep on working hard and coming up with new and creative projects,” commented Shaaf.

“I also want to say a special thanks to Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation for making this possible, and to my parents and school for supporting me to go,” he added.

Shaaf’s project was Smart Escape - A Dijkstra Based Algorithm for Shortest-Safe Exit. He created an app, which alerts users when there’s a fire, or any other hazard.

For Dhvani Patel, his third time at CWSF was just as great.

“The experience has only gotten better every year. I had a fantastic time in Ottawa meeting friends and getting expert feedback on my project. I also got to learn lots and I know I’m going to miss it,” said the Westwood Community High School senior graduating this year. 

Dhvani’s project is called W.A.A.(Wireless Activity Advisor) SMART Infant Health Technology, featuring a SMART infant monitoring system, which tracks baby temperatures, medical records, and activities, to name a few elements.

Dhruv Patel, found the “CWSF to be an amazing experience.”

“There was so much to learn and to do. It was fabulous! The other finalists were truly inspiring and the speakers were just amazing. Overall CWSF was one of the most amazing weeks ever,” noted the grade 12 Westwood Community High School student, graduating this year.

Dhruv’s project was HIRO - FatigueFree: An Intelligent System for Drowsy Driver Detection Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Deep Learning, which is about using artificial intelligence to detect driver drowsiness.

Vicki Dawe, Westwood Community High School science teacher accompanied the boys to the event.

“They make us so proud. It was amazing to see them present and win,” she said.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD, congratulated the winners.

“This is FMPSD at its best. These young men go above and beyond in everything they do, and the results show it. Congratulations Krish, Shaaf, Dhruv and Dhvani, the future is bright for all four of you. Best of luck to our two graduating seniors, and we expect many more years of excellence from our youngest competitors,” remarked Superintendent Nicholls.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009