For her project Floating an Idea, Preventing Mysterious Drownings in Strong Swimmers, she improved upon an automatic-inflation life jacket, which normally inflates when someone falls into the water. She manipulated the trigger mechanism so that it may inflate only when a medical emergency is detected. By using a microprocessor, she established a sort of communication system between the user and the life jacket, where after a given amount of time without a response from the user, the life jacket decides that the person is incapacitated, and inflates, giving him/her the best chance of survival. The goal is to encourage strong swimmers to wear the life jacket as it does not restrict their mobility and allows them to swim underwater, while still providing them with protection in the case of an unanticipated emergency.
Her project won her the Discovery and Innovation Challenge Award, the Professional Engineers Ontario-Ottawa Chapter Award, and the RCMP Forensic Science and Identification Services Award, as well as First Place in the Intermediate Category (Grades 9-10). With this project, she was then chosen to go to the CWSF (Canada Wide Science Fair), an all expense paid trip to Montreal to compete in the Nationals from May 15 - May 20.
In addition, on Friday, April 8th, part-way through the competition,she had the opportunity to be interviewed on CTV News at Six (science fair coverage begins at the 30 minute mark).
Congratulations and good luck, Marinna. The St. Francis Xavier High School and the OCSB is very proud of you!