PROTEGO scores for Dhruv.
ABOVE: DHRUV VERMA (RIGHT) RECEIVING THE BHP BILLITON SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AWARD.
Dhruv Verma of 10FG is the 2015 student winner in the engineering category of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Award, Australia’s premier school science awards..
The rigorous selection process leading to Dhruv’s first placing included a science camp, poster presentations, demonstrations of his invention and fielding questions from a panel of five judges. Dhruv’s success followed his achievement last year in the Victorian Science Talent Search Competition.
Dhruv’s invention, PROTEGO (PROactive TEchnology for elderly on the GO) was featured in the December 2014 edition of Great Scot. PROTEGO helps elderly people to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own home by allowing others to monitor their movements remotely within the home.
Dhruv is excited after his recent win, and is looking forward to further developing his invention in the future. He has been selected to represent Australia at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, this month. Dhruv has also had the opportunity through BHP Billiton and the CSIRO to share his ideas in print media, radio and on television. He participated in a live radio interview on ABC radio and in an interview on SBS radio. He was also interviewed by a journalist for a community print publication with a national circulation, and featured on ABC TV’s Behind the News programme.
Here is Dhruv’s citation for the BHP Billiton award:
Dhruv Verma, Scotch College, VIC – PROactive TEchnology for Elderly On the GO
As the population ages, more elderly people will want to remain independent in their own homes, however in an emergency, it is imperative that help arrives in time..PROTEGO (PROactive Technology for Elderly on the GO) is a simple and innovative solution to monitor the movements of elderly people in their own homes so that they never feel too far away.
MATTHEW MANNING – HEAD OF SCIENCE