Grade 12 students Melanie Wong and Partha Patel were among Canada’s 650 top high school students as they participated in the SHAD enrichment program this summer.
SHAD is a Canadian non-profit charitable organization that helps secondary students realize and accelerate their full potential as future leaders and changemakers. Every year, students from around the country are placed at one of thirteen universities across the nation as they focus on activities guided towards the STEM principles (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Mentor’s own “SHADs” travelled to Memorial University in Newfoundland (Wong), and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia (Patel) for the month of July. Each of their teams worked towards devising a creative solution to get Canadians to go outside and become more physically active.
Melanie’s team developed an app, Get Out and Go, which provides a database of personalized, upcoming, and popular outdoor events for users to participate in. A points system encourages users to participate and can be redeemed for discounts and rewards from their favourite businesses. This team won three awards: 1st place – Best Prototype, 2nd place – Best Website, 3rd place – Overall in Canada.
Partha’s team designed Playpod. This is a free-standing, modular structure located in parks and common grounds that loans out sports equipment such as soccer balls and baseball bats, free of charge. It is facilitated by library card infrastructure and particularly benefits low income families as the cost barrier to outdoor play is eliminated. This team won four awards: 3rd place – Best Prototype, 1st place – Best Application of Theme, 1st place – Best Business Plan, and 1st place – Overall in Canada.
Congratulations to both students!