STEAM Horizon Award Winners 2018

The Ingenium Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 STEAM Horizon Awards. These outstanding students received their awards at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on May 15, 2018.

Cassidy Blanchard
Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador
(Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation)

2018 STEAM Winner - Cassidy Blanchard

Cassidy strives to be an ambassador for youth in STEAM. Over the past two years, she has tutored students in math and science; she loves to reverse negative attitudes towards these subjects by explaining concepts in a way kids can understand. A community leader, Cassidy has volunteered with Relay for Life, Run for the Cure, We Scare Hunger, and many other initiatives. Last summer, she worked as a bee research assistant to Dr. Julie Sircom through the Women in Science and Engineering Student Summer Employment Program. When she studies science at Memorial University this fall, she intends to become a leader with the Women in Science and Engineering Program — with an aim to lead young girls into rewarding careers in STEAM.

Ella Katelyn Chan
Victoria, British Columbia

STEAM Horizon Award Winner - Ella Chan

Ella’s passion for science was ignited through her younger brother’s diagnosis with Nephrotic Syndrome, a potentially-debilitating kidney disease. Finding the lack of treatment options unacceptable, she enrolled in the Pharmacology program at the University of British Columbia, and is entering the field of pharmaceutical research in the hopes of discovering long-term treatment options for autoimmune conditions. For the past four years, Ella has been running an educational science YouTube Channel called Sci-Files — which has been featured by educational blogs such as “The Kid Should See This” and the Chicago Filed Museum’s “Brain Scoop.” She hopes to grow her channel to reach a larger audience and continue to inspire youth to get involved in STEAM.

Maya Mikutra-Cencora
Montreal, Quebec

2018 Steam Award Winner Maya Mikutra-Cencora

Maya is on a mission to stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks. When she was 15, she started reading scientific studies on the disease. She then convinced a professor at McGill University to let her conduct research in his lab. Since then, she has been studying excitotoxicity, a phenomenon where neuronal receptors are over-stimulated by the neurotransmitter glutamate. She is endeavoring to confirm a theory that this over-stimulation leads to the formation of Aβ plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s pathology. Maya has presented the preliminary results of her research at several science fairs, including the Prime Minister’s Science Fair in Ottawa and the MILSET International Science Fair in Brazil. As an active volunteer with disabled teenagers, Maya hopes to help kids with disabilities discover STEAM.

Shaye Anne Pierson
Coalhurst, Alberta (Métis)

STEAM Winner - Shaye Anne

Shaye Anne strongly believes in the power of hard work and education. She has held the highest average in her high school for four years, and achieved a 99% average on her last report card. A demonstrated community leader, Shaye Anne has run a childcare service, helped to build a playground at the elementary school, and provided tutoring to kids in math, science, and reading. She has also led and spoken at nine student leadership conferences across Alberta—giving her the opportunity to influence thousands of youth at the provincial level. Accepted into the University of Lethbridge, Shaye Anne intends to marry science and education — with a goal to instill a love for math and science in youth around the world.

Kayley Ting
Richmond Hill, Ontario

STEAM Horizon Award winner - Kayley Ting

From a young age, Kayley has been exploring STEAM through her own homemade projects — constantly scavenging the house for makeshift lab materials. A strong advocate for children with special needs, Kayley started a STEAM-based, after-school program to introduce autistic children to the world of scientific inquiry and experimentation. Her work with autism has led her to national and international science investigatory competitions — garnering many awards and recognitions — including the honour of presenting her project at the Prime Minister’s Science Fair. During her high school years in Richmond Hill, Kayley has been involved in the Science Olympics Club, as well as math and computing competitions. She also founded and captained an all-girls robotics team and an all-girls physics debate team. Kayley aspires to be a biomedical engineer.