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CWSF 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario

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I am 16 years old and currently am in Grade 12 at Old Scona Academic High School. At school, I serve as the Vice President of the Students’ Union and am an active member of: the Speech and Debate team, the Football and Frisbee Club, and a tutoring service named Change for Change. Since Grade 1, I have been a part of my schools’ Science Olympics teams, culminating in a 1st place finish in Grade 11 and 3rd place finish this year. I have been programming since I was 8, and have learned BASIC, Visual Basic, HTML, CSS, and Java. Working with students and faculty of the University of Alberta, I participated in the inaugural Cluster Challenge at Supercomputing ’08 in Reno, Nevada. My biggest hobby is definitely astronomy, so my family is part of the Royal Astronomical Society and I volunteer at the Telus World of Science Edmonton observatory. I plan to become an astrophysicist, starting with undergrad studies at the University of Alberta.

Stephen Portillo

On the Right Path
Division:Earth & Environmental Sciences / Environmental Innovation
City:Sherwood Park, AB
School:Old Scona School
Abstract:A Java program was created to simulate commuters using a region’s transportation networks to travel to destinations according to the A*pathfinding algorithm. Then, an experiment was run to test the program, comparing a proposed transit system with an existing one in Sherwood Park. The program predicted that the proposal would increase midday ridership from 5.9% to 8.0%, but also revealed some flaws in the proposal.

Awards Value
Workshop on Parallel Computing in Astrophysics Award
Sponsor: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and the University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
$1 500.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 500.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $3000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$3 000.00
Silver Medal - Computing & Information Technology
Sponsor: Intel of Canada, Ltd.
Total$10 700.00