By Bird Bouchard
After winning a Bronze medal in his category representing the Estrie team for the Provincial Super Science Expo, a local teenager is heading to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
Mateo Jarquin, 15 years old, of Sherbrooke, has embarked on a journey when he saved up to purchase his own 3D printer. He quickly taught himself how to 3D print, code and created a robotic Iron Man themed hand capable of detecting and imitating human hand gestures.
After impressing the judges at the local science expo, Jarquin is now heading to the country’s largest annual youth science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event. The fair brings together top young scientists and their projects, selected by a national network of more than 100 regional STEM fairs in each province and territory.
“I never thought this project would take me this far. It was a project of mine that just kept growing,” he said.
Jarquin said while presenting his Iron Man themed robotic hand at the regional and provincial level, he’s received a lot of positive feedback. He highlighted how most people enjoyed the fact his project was a design as typically the fairs are filled with experiments with a hypothesis, research and conclusion.