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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Hi! I'm am AP student in grade 12 from Westwood Community High School (Fort McMurray, AB). Being interested in photovoltaic cells and their renewable energy potential, I was elected to lead the school's Student Body of Science in producing and implementing the district's first ever student-made panels into the school's circuitry. As the President of the school's Robotics Club, I learn Arduino-based programming in my spare time. This project was inspired by a desire to find a creative means to transform acoustic pressure waves into usable form. If further developed, this new technique could mark a paradigm shift in extracting acoustic-based energy. Aside from science, I also enjoy reading, volunteering, and playing basketball.

Usman Kamran

The Acousto-Thermal Effect
Region:Wood Buffalo
City:Fort McMurray, AB
School:Westwood Community High School
Abstract:Detailed experiments with acoustic absorbers have inspired suggestive proof of deadened acoustic heating. Not only is this phenomenon detectable but it can be harvested and utilized via the thermoelectric effect. Noting sound's ubiquitous renewable energy potential, this project introduces a novel method of exploiting one of the world's most underutilized resources.

Awards Value
Canadian Acoustical Association Award
Sponsor: Canadian Acoustical Association
$1 000.00
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
Excellence Award - Senior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 500.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$10 700.00