Max Du, a 14-year-old boy from Calgary, Alberta just won a national science fair with his life-saving drone. The Canada-Wide Science Fair happened in spring and was his first-ever submission. He won the platinum award in his age category (grade 9 to 10) for “innovation”.
His project is titled “A Novel Pre-Hospital Indoor Rescue Drone,” and it is a high-tech surveillance drone designed to save people who go into cardiac arrest. The 14-year-old spent six months testing his prototype which cost close to $2,500 to produce. Max was supported financially by his parents and #RisingYouth, an organization that helps fund service projects led by young people.
Max wants to help people with severe heart conditions who are at risk of having a fatal heart attack before an ambulance can get to them. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 35,000 people have cardigan arrests in Canada each year and most of them happen outside a hospital.
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