Ann Makosinski Receives VCM Scholarship

Victoria Conservatory of  Music dean Stephen Green and Victoria inventor and pianist Ann Makosinski, 16, who received a scholarship from the conservatory

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Victoria inventor and pianist Ann Makosinski, age 16, has received a scholarship from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in recognition of her ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness.

Makosinski won top spot in the Google Science Fair for her body-heat-powered flashlight, an invention that has been touted by Yahoo.com as an innovation “that could change the world.”

Makosinski just finished Grade 11 at St. Michaels University School. She’s also an accomplished pianist with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, studying music for the last 12 years.

She received her award at the conservatory’s awards day on June 8. A total of 72 conservatory students received $45,000 in scholarships to further their studies.

Makosinski’s award was a new initiative from the conservatory’s School of Music Technology and Creativity.

“We believe students who work hard at their craft should be rewarded,” said Stephen Green, dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

“Each and every student selected is demonstrating promise for a bright future, and they are all deserving recipients of these awards.

“We also feel it’s really important to make high-quality music education available to everyone.”

The Victoria Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It has 140 faculty members and 4,500 participants. For information go to localhost/vcm.bc.ca or call 250-386-5311.

Last week, Makosinski also received the $2,000 Weston Youth Innovation Award at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto for her innovative flashlight. She also presented an update to her invention, a hands-free headlamp.

The award recognizes exceptional young people for applying science in a creative way to make a positive difference in the world. Makosinski was inspired by a visit to the Philippines where she discovered many students couldn’t study at night because of lack of electricity and light.

She came up with the idea to use Peltier tiles to generate enough electricity with hand and head heat to light up small LED lights.

The Weston Youth Innovation Award was established in 2008 to encourage and recognize young Canadian innovators.

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