May 15, 2019 12:44 pm
Updated: May 15, 2019 5:11 pm

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques announces winners of science contest

WATCH: The Canadian Space Agency challenged children across the country to come up with clever ideas that could be developed into inventions to make life in space easier and more fun. As Megan Yamoah reports, the winners had a chance to showcase their inventions at the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton on Wednesday.

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Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques took time from his busy schedule on the International Space Station today to encourage young students to pursue science – telling them they are the future.

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Hundreds of students from across Canada are gathered in Fredericton this week for the 2019 Canada-Wide Science Fair at the University of New Brunswick.

Saint-Jacques spoke to the students via a live video link and announced the two winners of the Little Inventors – Inventions for space contest.

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More than 3,000 students entered the contest, but Connor Brown from Acton, Ont., and Amy Claerhout of Beaumont, Alta., both Grade 7 students, were selected the winners.

Brown designed different imprints for the bottom of space boots to identify the footprints of different astronauts on the moon or other planets, while Claerhout designed a mini Canadarm for the washroom on the space station to keep personal hygiene items from floating away.

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Both students said they would like to see their inventions put to use, and they plan to continue with their interest in science.

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