Christopher Lamont may be heading to one of the world’s richest cities, but his medical device has the potential to save millions of lives in the world’s poorest countries.
Lamont, a recent graduate of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School and incoming Grade 9 student at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, will be attending the MILSET Expo-Sciences International (ESI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in September 2019 as a member of Team Canada. The exhibition will bring together 2,000 young scientists from 68 countries from around the world to share best practices in STEM promotion and education.
Lamont was selected to represent Canada and serve on Youth Science Canada after competing at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick this past May where he earned a gold medal of excellence, a Youth Can Innovate Award and the SM Blair Family Foundation Award for his project, “Creation of an Intravenous Fluid Administration System for Low Income Countries.” The 14-year old was inspired to develop his 3D-printed mechanical IV fluid delivery system after discovering that 525,000 children in low to middle income countries die each year from dehydration and diarrhea.
IV fluid pumps are not only extremely expensive, but require electricity, specializing training and maintenance which are not readily available in developing countries.
“Part of the reason why so many children die each year due to dehydration is because there is no safe way to treat children through intravenous fluid therapy in poorly resourced areas of the world,” said Lamont.
“So I knew this would be the project that I would do. And through countless hours of work, I came up with what I have now.”
His prototype is mechanically powered, simple to use, quick to set up, affordable, reliable and safe. It also fulfills Youth Science Canada's mandate “to engage Canadian youth in developing inquiry and critical thinking skills through project-based science.”
Lamont will have an opportunity to share his learning with other young aspirant scientists this September in Abu Dhabi at Expo-Sciences International 2019. ESI is an initiative of the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology (MILSET), a non-governmental, non-profit and politically independent youth organization which aims to develop scientific culture among young people through the organization of science and technology programs.
In addition to the project expo, Lamont will participate in cultural and scientific visits, leisure activities, workshops, presentations, lectures and group brainstorming on global STEM-related issues.
Commending Lamont on his selection to Team Canada and upcoming science experience, Acting Principal Brenda Hamilton called him the very embodiment of the excellence to which St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School strives.
“The future is in great hands with young people like Christopher leading the way with creativity, dedication, perseverance and a love of learning,” said Hamilton.