Congratulations and high fives to St. Brother Andre School’s Tam An Le Quang, John Grace, Joseph Lamonica and Justin Rioux. Students in the Program for Gifted Learners at the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)’s Gloucester school, these four kids are regional winners of the 23rd annual Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) ExploraVision program.
ExploraVision is the world’s largest K-12 science competition and this year there were thousands of entries from the United States and Canada. The competition challenges teams of up to four students to research current technologies and to think 20 years ahead. Kids brainstorm, research and work together to come up with technological innovations that can make a difference in the future.
The local youngsters explained how their new technology would work, drew up a plan to test it and created a website to summarize it.
Tam An Le Quang, John Grace, Joseph Lamonica and Justin Rioux’s entry was an airplane seat design called the Smart Safe Seat 1.0. This Smart Safe Seat is durable, shock absorbent, floatable and comfortable, providing passengers with extra safety features in the event of a crash.
And it’s a winner. Thanks to their great work, guided by teacher Deborah Quail-Blier, the school has won a new Toshiba laptop and the teammates have each earned a framed certificate and a Toshiba tablet to keep for their own.
In addition, they are now competing against five other regional groups to be one of the top two projects in the contest. They’ll know in May whether they’ve been chosen for an expenses-paid trip for themselves and their parents to Washington D.C. for the Awards Gala weekend, where they’ll learn if they finished 2nd with a $5000 savings bond each or if they finished 1st with a $10,000 savings bond each.