Two Peel board students have won the prestigious prize at this year's 56th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair. Saharsh Hariharan student at The Woodlands and Rushi Gandhi, student at Chinguacousy Secondary School won the $8,000 top prize for creating a navigation system to help guide visually impaired individuals.
Saharsh and Rushi created a system consisting of an Android application and a headband to create Haptic Feedback, which informs the user when to turn and in which direction. The device uses Google's GPS APIs to help the user navigate a path with 100 per cent accuracy. The device allows visually impaired individuals to live independent lives and provides a positive impact on their quality of life.
Saharsh and Rushi are active members of the science and technology program at their respective schools with a passion for STEM (science, technology, enginering and math) education. Saharsh and Rushi continue to compete in science fairs and are frequently mentored by engineers at Google.
The Canadian science fair is generously funded by The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation which encourages and supports students to pursue STEM education.