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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Biography
My name is Alexander Deans, and I am in Grade 9 at Academie Ste. Cecile International School, Windsor, ON. I love playing many sports, including soccer, hockey, tennis, volleyball, sailing, and skiing. I also play the acoustic guitar and piano. I enjoy working with animals, and I have a bearded dragon. I recently competed in the International Children's Games in Kelowna, B.C., against youth from over 14 countries around the world!

Alexander Deans


iBELT: Training the Ear to See!
Challenge:Innovation
Category:Intermediate
Region:Windsor
City:Windsor, ON
School:Academie Ste. Cecile International
Abstract:An inexpensive novel, user-carried device (iBELT) was created to map the visually impaired user’s environment using four ultrasonic sensors. Distances to obstacles were converted to audible frequencies, forming a “sound map”. Twenty volunteers and a retinitis pigmentosa patient were tested on an obstacle course while navigating blindly, with one sensor, and the iBELT. The iBELT improves safety and speed, and is the most efficient device.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$700.00
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 700.00