The Ontario Science Centre is seeking nominations for the prestigious annual Weston Youth Innovation Award. Created to encourage and recognize young Canadian innovators, the award provides students aged 14 to 18 a unique vehicle to share their ideas and be featured at one of Canada’s most popular attractions.
Successful candidates will have used science and/or technology as the basis for developing creative and innovative ideas aimed at solving real-world problems. They will have also put their ideas into action, resulting in a positive impact either in their own community or on a broader scale.
The winning applicant or team will receive a $2,000 prize, travel expenses to attend the award ceremony in Toronto, and an Ontario Science Centre membership. The winner’s work will be featured in a professional animation on display in the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Science Centre in Toronto, which receives over one million visitors each year. It will also be posted online to inspire other youth to think, work and collaborate in new ways.
“There are Canadian youth who are already on the path to effect positive change in our world through innovative use of science and technology, “said Catherine Paisley, Vice President, Science Education at the Ontario Science Centre. “We want to recognize their efforts through this Award by giving them a platform for sharing their work, inspiring others to make a difference.”
Know someone who might qualify? Please contact us: wyia@OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
The deadline is February 1, 2012. An external jury will make a selection in April 2012 and the winner will be announced on the website by May 31, 2012.