Full STEAM ahead for Ancaster scholarship winner

News May 16, 2019 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Jason Amri loves tinkering with electronics, which explains how he’s found a way to see much more than his face when he looks in the mirror in the morning.

The 18-year-old Ancaster High School student’s latest of many home inventions over the years is a “smart mirror” to prepare him for the day ahead.

“It gives me the top 10 Twitter trends of the day, so kind of where the news cycle’s at, it gives me the weather for the next few days and weather today, the time in my calendar, my to-do list and my notifications on my phone,” he says nonchalantly.

Amri’s passion for science and technology extends to school, where he runs coding, math and maker clubs for fellow students with similar interests.

It’s also made him one of this year’s five recipients of the STEAM Horizon Award — for students excelling in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics — from Ingenium, a foundation supporting the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Presented in Ottawa, the honour comes with a $25,000 scholarship Amri plans to use this September to pursue bachelor degrees in computer science and business at Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier universities.

He says he hopes for a career in finance — possibly with one of Canada’s big banks — that also draws upon his enthusiasm for technology.

“I’m always curious to find overlaps of the things I’m passionate about and things that might challenge me,” says Amri, who has a 99 per cent academic average.

“I’m looking specifically at possibly financial technologies, enterprise information security — things like that, that allow me to use all my skills at once and push me at little bit.”


Full STEAM ahead for Ancaster scholarship winner

Technology passion earns Amri 1 of 5 national awards

News May 16, 2019 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Jason Amri loves tinkering with electronics, which explains how he’s found a way to see much more than his face when he looks in the mirror in the morning.

The 18-year-old Ancaster High School student’s latest of many home inventions over the years is a “smart mirror” to prepare him for the day ahead.

“It gives me the top 10 Twitter trends of the day, so kind of where the news cycle’s at, it gives me the weather for the next few days and weather today, the time in my calendar, my to-do list and my notifications on my phone,” he says nonchalantly.

Amri’s passion for science and technology extends to school, where he runs coding, math and maker clubs for fellow students with similar interests.

"I’m always curious to find overlaps of the things I’m passionate about and things that might challenge me." — Jason Amri

It’s also made him one of this year’s five recipients of the STEAM Horizon Award — for students excelling in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics — from Ingenium, a foundation supporting the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Presented in Ottawa, the honour comes with a $25,000 scholarship Amri plans to use this September to pursue bachelor degrees in computer science and business at Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier universities.

He says he hopes for a career in finance — possibly with one of Canada’s big banks — that also draws upon his enthusiasm for technology.

“I’m always curious to find overlaps of the things I’m passionate about and things that might challenge me,” says Amri, who has a 99 per cent academic average.

“I’m looking specifically at possibly financial technologies, enterprise information security — things like that, that allow me to use all my skills at once and push me at little bit.”


Full STEAM ahead for Ancaster scholarship winner

Technology passion earns Amri 1 of 5 national awards

News May 16, 2019 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Jason Amri loves tinkering with electronics, which explains how he’s found a way to see much more than his face when he looks in the mirror in the morning.

The 18-year-old Ancaster High School student’s latest of many home inventions over the years is a “smart mirror” to prepare him for the day ahead.

“It gives me the top 10 Twitter trends of the day, so kind of where the news cycle’s at, it gives me the weather for the next few days and weather today, the time in my calendar, my to-do list and my notifications on my phone,” he says nonchalantly.

Amri’s passion for science and technology extends to school, where he runs coding, math and maker clubs for fellow students with similar interests.

"I’m always curious to find overlaps of the things I’m passionate about and things that might challenge me." — Jason Amri

It’s also made him one of this year’s five recipients of the STEAM Horizon Award — for students excelling in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics — from Ingenium, a foundation supporting the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Presented in Ottawa, the honour comes with a $25,000 scholarship Amri plans to use this September to pursue bachelor degrees in computer science and business at Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier universities.

He says he hopes for a career in finance — possibly with one of Canada’s big banks — that also draws upon his enthusiasm for technology.

“I’m always curious to find overlaps of the things I’m passionate about and things that might challenge me,” says Amri, who has a 99 per cent academic average.

“I’m looking specifically at possibly financial technologies, enterprise information security — things like that, that allow me to use all my skills at once and push me at little bit.”