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Vancouver Boy Wins Prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award
A Student in Vancouver has recently invented new way to control the spread of global epidemics for his science project. 17-year-old Raymond Wang has won first prize at the world’s largest high school science fair in Pittsburgh.
Wang received prize money of US$75,000, for creating a new air circulation system to isolate and eliminate germs in aircraft cabins, in order to reduce travelers’ exposure to disease.
Wang after winning the award said, “After doing many national fairs, I've always wanted to be here. Not only that, but to be recognized as having one of the top projects is truly mind-blowing”.
In addition, eleven Canadian students won prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which featured 1,700 young scientists from across the world. Wang won the prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder.
Wang, who is a Grade 11 student at St. George's School, said in a statement that he got inspired to work on the project after the recent Ebola outbreak.
He said he came across some really frightening facts and figures about the disease, including that a plane traveler with H1N1 can potentially spread pathogens to 17 other passengers.
He said after getting the facts he started looking into them and thought if the disease is lethal, something should be done quickly to fight back.
While going through the data he said he came across very limited research in terms of previous work to model air flow alone. He then applied some modifications to redirect the air to give everyone their own breathing space.
The results showed decrease in pathogen inhalation by about 55 times per passenger and a 190 % improvement in fresh air inhalation, he said.
Wang said he has filed for patent and is looking forward to use the prize money for his further research.