June 12, 2017

Peel students win $8,000 prize at the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair

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.

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