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HWCDSB students win big at BASEF

Autonomous robots, low cost medical devices, and alternate energy sources. Those were just a few of the big topics on display at this year’s Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF).

The regional event attracts an estimated 400 students each year who compete for over $300,000 in prizes, trips and scholarships.

The winners of the 59th annual science showcase were announced at an awards ceremony at Mohawk College on April 2.

Joseph Saturnino, a Grade 10 student at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, was one of four students selected to represent Canada at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona on May 12. His project, “Advanced Autonomous Shingling Robot,” won a total of seven awards, including Gowling WLG Innovation Award Grand Winner.

Three students from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board will advance to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 11. The all-expense trip award is the second for Anthony Saturnino and Christopher Lamont, Grade 8 students at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School, and a first for Tavian Augustus, a Grade 7 student at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School. The three are part of a 17-student delegation from South Western Ontario.

Anthony created an autonomous robotic eavestrough cleaner while Christopher developed a mechanical Intravenous Fluid Delivery System for use in the Developing World. Anthony won seven awards, including the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Product Development Business Process Award. Christopher picked up six awards including an Innovation Award from the Ted Rogers School of Management.

In “The Solar Step,” Tavian combined solar energy and kinetic energy to generate clean and renewable electricity. Tavian won three awards, including a Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award.

A number of other HWCDSB students were recognized for achievement in the areas of Biotechnology, and Engineering and Computer Sciences to Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Earth and the Environment.

Representing the HWCDSB at the awards ceremony on April 2, Assistant Superintendent of Education Greg Tabone said BASEF is a wonderful complement to the board’s own science and engineering fair, which took place earlier in the month on March 2.

“Students ultimately have two opportunities to be recognized for their scientific talent and hard work,” he said.

Results from BASEF listed below.

Joseph Saturnino, Bishop Ryan CSS
“Advanced Autonomous Roof Shingling Robot”

ISEF Trip Award
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Engineering Award
Gowling WLG Innovation Award – Grand Winner
Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award
Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award
Primary Fluid Systems Award
Gold Merit Award

Anthony Saturnino, St. Margaret Mary CES
“Eave 6.0: An Autonomous Robotic Eavestrough Cleaner using Artificial Intelligence”

Canada-Wide Science Fair Trip Award
ArcelorMittal Dofasco Product Development Business Process Award
Mohawk College Electrotechnology-Electrical Engineering Award
Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award
Primary Fluid Systems Award
Procor Engineering Award – Junior
Gold Merit Award

Christopher Lamont, St. Margaret Mary CES
“Development of an Intravenous Fluid Delivery System (IV FDS) for use in Developing Countries”

Canada-Wide Science Fair Trip Award
ArcelorMIttal Dofasco Commercial Department Award
Professional Engineers of Ontario – Hamilton/Burlington Chapter Award – Third
Ted Rogers Innovation Award
Primary Fluid Systems Award
Gold Merit Award

Tavian Augustus, St. Augustine CES
“The Solar Step”

Canada-Wide Science Fair Trip Award
Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award
Silver Merit Award

Alissa Guagliano & Daniella Iannuzzi, St. Clare of Assisi CES
“SIBS: Smart Incontinence Brief System”

Doris Casey & Gwen Nicolls Disability Solutions Award
Mohawk College Computer Science & Information Technology Excellence Award
Primary Fluid Systems Award
BASEF Inspiration Student Award
Silver Merit Award

Evan Cotter, St. Augustine CES
“Rust in Piece”

ArcelorMittal Global R&D Hamilton Award for Technology Application
Association for Iron & Steel Technology Northern Chapter Award
Primary Fluid Systems Award

Natalie Guay, St. Augustine CES
“Natural Pools”

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award – Second
Primary Fluid Systems Award

Jacob Colatosti, Bishop Ryan CSS
“Food of the Future”

Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Award
Silver Merit Award

Gabriella Miklavcic & Alyssa Rocha, St. Michael CES
“Vicks Vaporub Bath Bombs”

Rotary Club of Hamilton-East Wentworth Award – First
Silver Merit Award

Elizabeth Sienna, St. Augustine CES
“Emotions: Do They Change What We See?”

Primary Fluid Systems Award
Silver Merit Award

Julian Alfano, St. Margaret Mary CES
“Using a Non-Newtonian Fluid as Helmet Padding to Reduce the Risk of Concussions”

Mohawk College Mathematics Award – Junior
Bronze Merit Award

Caitlyn Gratton & Ayla White, St. Joachim CES
“Here Comes the Sun”

SPIE Optics & Photonics Science Fair Award – First
Bronze Merit Award

Elyse Mostacci, St. John Paul II CES
“Stretch to Your Limit”

ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chemical Testing Award
Bronze Merit Award

Jake Peters & Ethan Rajack, St. Joachim CES
“The Force”

Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award
Bronze Merit Award

Ethan Shannon & Devan Tassé, St. Luke CES
“Concussion Management: What’s in Your Helmet?”

The Research Institute at St. Joe’s Hamilton, Health Research Junior Award
Bronze Merit Award

Claire Babineau & Maya Kasprzyk, St. Joachim CES
“Solar Ovens: A Hot Topic”

Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award

Michael Kalampalikis, St. Joachim CES
“Magnetic Movements”

Nikola Tesla Honourable Mention Award

Larissa Colatosti & Lauren Paredes, St. Luke CES
“Doo Your Duty”

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Award for the Environment

Steven Higgins & Aiden Scheben, St. Augustine CES
“One Snip Away”

Silver Merit Award

Maddison Brisson, St. Martin of Tours CES
“Testing Battery Voltage”

Bronze Merit Award

Jaden Campbell & Patryk Kopacz, Sts. Peter & Paul CES
“The All N One Pot 4 Plants”

Bronze Merit Award

Luka Cepuran & Thomas Satosek, St. Martin of Tours CES
“Can Mealworms Eat Styrofoam”

Bronze Merit Award

Cynthya Coleman, St. Vincent de Paul CES
“Divine Intelligence”

Bronze Merit Award

Isabela Gauch Gomes Viana & Kasia Watkin, St. John Paul II CES
"To Eat of Not to East, that is the Question”

Bronze Merit Award

Olivia Mostacci, St. John Paul II CES
“Observing Your Outer Optics”

Bronze Merit Award

Paolo Ramelli, St. David CES
“Herbs & Spices: Killing Bacteria the Natural Way”

Bronze Merit Award

John Eric Rivas-Gonzalez, St. John Paul II CES
“To Spurn the Heartburn”

Bronze Merit Award





Tavian Augustus, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF
Tavian Augustus, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF

Joseph Saturnino, Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. Photo: BASEF
Joseph Saturnino, Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. Photo: BASEF

Christopher Lamont, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF
Christopher Lamont, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF

Anthony Saturnino, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF
Anthony Saturnino, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School. Photo: BASEF