Engineers and Geoscientists BC Celebrates Future Leaders 

Posted on January 6, 2021

In 2020, we celebrated all things science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by hosting our STEM Leaders of the Future: Engineering and Geoscience contest. We encouraged students in Grades 1 through 12 to think about what they can do today to make the world a safer place for tomorrow. The contest asked students to design a project or use items found around the house to create something brand new that addresses one of today’s big issues.

The STEM Leaders of the Future contest was part of our 100-year anniversary celebration in 2020. Throughout the year, we looked back on our proud history of safety, innovation, and building British Columbia, and looked forward to our vibrant future. With our STEM Leaders of the Future contest, we hoped to inspire future generations of engineers and geoscientists.

We received creative and innovative submissions from students across the province and are pleased to announce the winner in the following categories:

Grades 1–3: Grade 2 Vancouver student Juergen Gilhuly imagined a design for the Climate Change Sucker, which sucks up smoke from the environment and produces fresh air.

Grades 4–6: Grade 5 Port Moody student Emma Robinson created the concept for the SolaRain 2050, which produces energy that doesn’t harm the environment and helps save water.

Grades 7–9: Grade 8 Maple Ridge student Parsa Jafari envisioned CaptureDlaugh, an AI-enhanced emotion detection system that captures reactions to movies. Then, using AI image processing algorithms, it creates a movie rating system for you and recommends movies based on your past reactions.

Grades 10–12: Grade 10 Burnaby student Angel Xu pitched the Automatic Electric Vehicle System, a convenient, safe, and clean city infrastructure system that uses self-driving solar and electric cars.

Congratulations to our winners and to all the students that submitted an idea. Our future is safe in the hands of these future leaders!

To view the videos of all the contest winners, visit To learn more about student engagement opportunities, visit

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