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CWSF 2014 - Windsor, Ontario

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Kevin - Kevin Strauss is a 16 year old, grade 11 student currently attending Waterloo Collegiate Institute. He enjoys a variety of interests including travel, football, hockey, piano and rock collecting. Kevin has travelled throughout Canada, and the love of this great nation has stemmed his interest in Earth Sciences. “One of the main things that led me to this project was my enjoyment of our environment and the geology within it. This project gave me a chance to pursue the study of our earth and to incorporate prior knowledge of its features from my travels across Canada.” Kevin hopes to continue the study of geological sciences at university, and continue on to a career as a geological engineer. Kevin's work ethics have been rewarded in many areas including the Waterloo Wellington-Science And Engineering Fair, speech competitions, Skills Canada Competition in arcGIS, as well as scholarships and awards for achievements in piano. He is currently studying ARCT level piano, and proudly represented Stratford three years at provincial piano competitions. Kevin is thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Canada-Wide Science Fair, and hopes his project can be applied to help limit damage to property and populations in any coastal city.
Kevin - My name is Kevin Dong. I am a grade 12 student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Ontario. Robotics is currently one of my main interests and my career goal is to become an aerospace engineer. I play guitar and violin and also ski (alpine race), play tennis and ping-pong. Recently, I have earned both my glider and private pilot licences from the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. I enrolled in the Geotechnology course at my school this year because I wanted to broaden my knowledge and experience outside of plain mathematics and physics. Participating in the science fairs is part of that experience. Working with my partner Kevin Strauss, I have learned how to apply calculus and physics to the real world problem of predicting storm surges and how to think critically for a wide range of geographical situations. This is my fourth and most successful year participating in the regional fair. It is my opinion that every student should have the opportunity to enter a science fair at least once in their high school career, for it invokes critical thinking, imagination and application of knowledge. These are the attributes of successful individual both in university and the work force.

Kevin Strauss, Kevin Dong

The Calculated Crisis
City:Waterloo, ON
School:Waterloo Collegiate Institute
Abstract:Every year, hurricanes along the East Coast create storm surges which devastate cities . To help these cities, a method was devised using physics and ArcGIS, a mapping and data manipulation program, to estimate the extent and damage caused by hypothetical storm surges. With Jacksonville, FL, as the city of study, the method was used to calculate the surge extent to an accuracy of 81%.

Awards Value
The Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award
$1 000.00
Challenge Award - Environment
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$1 000.00
Excellence Award - Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4,000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
University of Windsor Entrance Scholarship
Senior Challenge Award Recipient - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Windsor
$2 000.00
Total$26 700.00