Two intermediate gold medallists from Canada-Wide Science Fair 2011 have been selected by Youth Science Canada to represent the country at the 4th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Youth Science Festival this summer in Thailand.
Manuoja Chandramohan  of Montréal, QC and Benjamin Friedman  of Kamloops, BC will join 200 youth from APEC's 21 Member Economiesfrom August 20-26 to participate in science-related workshops and activities, including a visit to the Thailand National Science Fair.
The event will take place at the Sirindhorn Science Home in the Thailand Science Park, located in Pathum Thani Province, about 40 km north of Bangkok.
The objectives of the 4th APEC Youth Science Festival are to:
- create an international network of bright young scientists across the APEC Member Economies
- bring awareness to the young communities among the APEC Member Economies on the importance of science and technology and its impact on environment
- promote human resource development and S&T capacity building in the APEC Member Economies
- provide young gifted and talented students with an international platform for the development of science and technology in future generations
- break down cultural barriers to learning and motivate APEC youth to better understand S&T and nature from their locality knowledge
- build up an international forum for the young scientists to reflect global concerns and to put forward potential solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation
Valérie Bilodeau, Director of Les Scientifines in Montréal, QC, has been selected to accompany the pair as chaperone.
Watch for highlights and photos of the team's experience posted to the Team Canada blog area in late August.