Katie Brent is a 15 year old native of Oakville, Ontario with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Katie’s passion for STEM started at a very young age. As a toddler, she had an insatiable curiosity for the world around her, which she still maintains today. In seventh grade, Katie began to participate in her regional science fair, the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF). It was at this point that Katie discovered computer science, which immediately interested her: if something doesn’t work, there’s always a reason why- there’s no subjectivity, only objectivity. From here, Katie continued to participate in BASEF, increasing her area of discipline to include medicine. In grades 8, 9 & 10, Katie created computer software with medical applications. Grades 9 and 10 specifically saw Katie venture into building computer hardware, which she found an equal affinity for. Collectively, Katie has won 28 awards at Based, including scholarships and opportunities to participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair in 2013 and 2014 (grades 9 & 10) for her projects MARTHA: Medication Automated Reminder Technological Health Assistant and Telemetric Vest: Wearable Computing for Patient Welfare. Here, Katie garnered a bronze medal in both years and the Australian National Youth Science Forum Award in 2014. Katie is extremely excited to have the chance to travel to Australia in 2015 and meet other students who share her interest in STEM related disciplines. Although Katie’s projects have all focused on computing, she also holds a fascination in other areas such as chemistry, biology and electrical engineering to name a few. Katie’s future aspirations include attending one of Ontario’s fantastic universities for a science related program, although she has not decided which specific area she would like to pursue as of yet. Katie does, however, know that the positive and strong foundation she has built for herself within the STEM industry from an early age has positively influenced her, and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.
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