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Two Vancouver School District students to join Team Canada in International Science Fair

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Two students of Vancouver School District will be join Team Canada at Regeneron International Science and Engineering (ISEF) Fair May 16-21, 2021. The students submitted their science projects to Team-Canada ISEF selection held by Youth Science Canada and six finalists were announced March 21, 2021. Of the six finalists, two are from the Vancouver School District.

Tienlan Sun Gr. 11, Eric Hamber Secondary
TeleAEye: Low-Cost Automated Eye Disease Diagnosis Using a Novel Smartphone Fundus Camera With AI
Angela Zhou Gr. 11, Magee Secondary
An Investigation of a Dark Sector Interaction Model to Solve the Hubble Tension

Tienlan and Angela, although presenting in very different disciplines, have many commonalities in how they approach to their work.  Both exhibited the love of science at a very young age, sharing their independent research projects in science fairs since they were in elementary school.  While doing cutting-edge research, they both have found mentors within their respective fields and both are enthusiastic to share their findings to the public.

Tienlan started participating in science fairs in elementary school where he discovered his passion for medical research, especially looking into ailments that trouble his family. 

 “My family has a history of eye diseases. When my close relatives living in a developing region couldn’t access eye care, I learned that a billion people have visual impairment due to a lack of eye care access.”  

His desire to tackle the pressing need for low cost, accessible eyecare and diagnosis led him to spend close to a 1,000 hours on his science fair project titled TeleAeye, which is a custom-designed fundus camera in combination with a web application that utilizes artificial intelligence and telemedicine.

A large part of Tienlan’s research included seeking out advice from experts in the field, which involved a lot of networking strategies. Through his hard work and ingenuity, he is now a member of the Neuroscience Vision (NOVA) Lab at UBC. 

His science fair project doesn’t end after the science competition.  He is currently seeking to advance his TeleAEye System. For those interested in his project visit:!

Recently,  Tienlan was interviewed by CBC. Listen to the interview.

Angela, who has been a space fanatic since elementary school, recalls her Grade 6 science fair project, surveying the many hypotheses of how the universe will end, and now five years later she is furthering the research on how the universe is expanding.

The Vancouver School District mentorship program was a catalyst for her passion in Cosmology which began in Grade 6. She was paired with a Science World staff that introduced her to the study of Cosmology, and through the mentorship opportunity she also had the chance to chat with a professor of cosmology at SFU who is now her research advisor. In early 2020 with her advance studies in Math and Physics and the support she received from her teachers and mentors, she gained the confidence to delve straight into her data modelling experiments for her investigation of a dark sector interaction model.

Her science fair project submission is about solving some of the inconsistencies with the current standard cosmology,
“My project aims to investigate one potential area of 'new physics' - interactions between dark matter and dark energy. So, what I did was to add in an interaction between dark matter and dark energy and try to fit it in with current data and for some instances sets it fits better.”

Learn more about her project.


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