2016 Technology and Innovation Finalists Bios

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Algonquin College

Finalist Technology and Innovation Cooper Lawrence, Sir Wilfred Laurier SS

Cooper Lawrence is a student at St. Wilfred Laurier High School and his passion lies in computers and robotics. He has taken the skills gained in each computer software and hardware class, refined them on his own personal time, and used them to accomplish his self-directed visions of innovation. The highlight of his projects are the virtual reality goggles he made using an Arduino Nano board which he got to display at the Ottawa Makerfaire this past November. His achievement has generated extensive interest from attendees of the event and he continues to ignite fascination for those around him by experimenting with technology and being an all-around active member of his community.  Cooper is truly a Maker extraordinaire, and he shows this with a new above-and-beyond-our-course project just about every month at school.  But Cooper is even much more than a talented hi-tech innovator.  Cooper embodies everything that a caring society hopes to see in the next generation. He genuinely cares about his fellow human beings, whether they are older than him or younger.Cooper Lawrence

Quote: “Technology has given me something to aim for in school, and something to be passionate about.”


Finalist Technology and Innovation Amit Scheer, Colonel By Secondary School  Amit’s history of academic excellence is demonstrated by his marks, but it is his accomplishments outside of school that set him apart from his peers.  In 2013, Amit was chosen as one of 90 Finalists from a worldwide pool of applicants for the Google Science Fair.  2014 saw Amit capture awards at the Canada-wide Virtual Science Fair, the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), and the Sanofi Biogenious Competition.   In 2015, Amit earned a Second Place Grand Award at ISEF, and even has a minor planet named after him.  In 2016, Amit was awarded “Best in the Show” at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair, and both the Peer Review Award and the First Place Award at Sanofi Biogenius.  All of these accomplishments were achieved concurrently with Amit maintaining very high academic standing in the rigourous IB Diploma Programme.  Amit’s research is on the edge of developing science and is far beyond what most high school students are capable of achieving.  To be such an accomplished researcher while still in high school takes amazing commitment and an absolutely impressive amount of daring and courage.  Amit will most certainly make lasting differences in our community as he continues his research in cancer drug delivery biotechnology.  He is currently, however, making a large impact on the next generation of young scientists.  Amit is extensively involved with the Foundation for Student Science and Technology, a  national non-profit whose vision is to motivate and empower tomorrow’s leaders in STEM.Amit Scheer

Quote: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.””