Quebec students fighting to change the world display projects at the science fair

It’s called the Guardian Helmet.

Using an application on your mobile phone, it can track how fast someone is riding a bicycle and warn someone if it detects a fall.

It was created by Adam Hamdaqa, a 7th grade student at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School.

“I had broken my arm last year in the summer, almost 90 degrees – I was on my bike,” Hamdaqa said. “When I got to the hospital, I thought, ‘What if?’ – a small word with a big meaning. ‘What if I was far from home? What if I didn’t have my helmet? What if I didn’t have my phone?’”

The invention recently won first prize at Hydro-Quebec’s Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair, earning Adam a spot at the provincial finals of Super Expo-Sciences this weekend.

“I feel like I have to patent it before someone takes the idea because I feel like Apple is going to do it and I don’t want that to happen,” he said, laughing.

The protective helmet was one of the 97 projects on display at the exhibition.

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Students from across the province, aged 12 to 20, showed off their brilliant science projects.

They touched on countless topics ranging from the environment, education and health care to even potholes in Montreal.

Kovalchuk and fellow student Cynthia Tun created a self-healing concrete called Regen-Rock.

“If you live in Montreal, you can’t drive anywhere without hitting a pothole, a crack in the road, or seeing construction going on,” said Thomas Kovalchuk, a Grade 11 student at Kells Academy. “So we wanted to come up with a way to prevent all these structures – hopefully making concrete structures last even longer.”

Students showed off their projects all weekend and were even allowed to pitch their ideas to municipal and provincial officials.

Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon made the rounds Sunday morning, listening to students’ innovations.

Prizes were awarded to the best ideas on Sunday afternoon.

“If you like science, you are not the star of a sports (team),” says Luc Langevin, spokesperson for the expo. “As a society, we don’t force those people to move on. So this is the kind of opportunity to get feedback and show that they are good at something.”