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Matt Lam of Oakville and Christina Moore, from Oromocto, N.B., show off the prototype for a cellular phone battery they designed during the Shad Valley summer science program.


When she returns to high school in Oromocto, N.B., Christina Moore will have a better summer story to tell than most.

Moore and her teammates designed a prototype cellular phone battery that charges itself through the motion of the wearer’s walk, and won a contest of “high-potential” peers to design a zero-waste project as part of Carleton University’s Shad Valley summer science program.

Other concepts developed by the teens , from 52 high schools across Canada, include: an electric toothbrush that recharges as you brush and a plumbing system for high-rise buildings that uses a turbine to push clean water up while grey water flows down.

But the program is not just about the projects, said program director Adrian Chan, a professor of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton.

“We try to further develop their leadership, teamwork and innovation skills with respect to science,” said Chan.

The program brings together some of the country’s brightest students to brainstorm.

“In Oromocto there’s not so many different cultures,” said Moore. “It’s really neat to be exposed to so many.”

Meeting other active, intelligent students has been one of the highlights for Vancouver participant Lauren Smith.

“It’s really amazing to meet like-minded kids,” she said.