Students are reinventing the roofs over our heads

Eleven young Canadians have won a major entrepreneurship prize for their colour-changing, energy-saving shingles
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on November 13, 2017

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Eleven high-schoolers from across Canada could change the way roofs work — and help us conserve energy in the process. The team of students that won this year’s John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup pitched a product with a simple twist that caught the eye of judges: colour-changing shingles.

Kameleon shingles, as the winning team calls their invention, reflect sunlight, changing from black to white when it gets warm out. The change allows the tiles to repel heat energy from sunlight: they thus work to lessen the urban heat island effect and help homeowners reduce their energy consumption.

The SHAD program is an annual opportunity for Grade 10, 11, and 12 students to learn about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in a university environment. They live in residence, attend lectures, and participate in workshops over the course of a month. The program accepts 900 students each year.

The Kameleon team is moving forward with its product design, working with mentors and taking the next steps toward realizing its vision.

The application deadline for next year’s SHAD program is November 20, 2017. 

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