Manning wins Platinum at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton


Manning Whitby Nat Science Fair

Left:  Manning Whitby

The very first day of his Grade 9 school year, Manning’s science teacher told the class they would be taking part in a school wide science fair at the end of February–5 months later.  Manning came to class that day with an idea in mind already and he has spent the last four years building, testing, analysing and improving that idea.

That idea was to improve the lives of those with vision impairments by developing a wearable device that would signal to the wearer information about obstacles and hazards and make their lives safer and more independent.

Over the course of the last few years, Manning has improved his technology through a number of generations and in so doing, has worked with classmates, teachers and former students.  He learned how to be an engineer in its truest sense and we are immensely proud of his accomplishments.

In addition to winning a Platinum medal in Fredericton, Manning was also awarded the Ted Rogers Innovation Award, the Innovation Challenge Award and the Youth Can Innovate Award, and an invitation to the 2019 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bulgaria.