Discovery Awards

Halifax, NS – Two young Nova Scotia scientists were honored for their invention at last week’s Discovery Awards gala in Halifax.  The ‘Alter-Leg’ is an alternative to crutches that promotes the healing of a broken leg, allowing the patient to return to a normal lifestyle more quickly than with a cast and crutches.

Mike MacIsaac and Todd Mercer, grade 12 students at Riverview High School in Sydney, were winners in their school’s science fair, went on to win ‘Best in Fair’ at the 2008 Cape Breton Regional Science Fair, and competed as part of Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Wide Science Fair in 2007 and 2008 where they brought home a Silver Medal in the engineering category, the Petro-Canada Peer Innovation Award, and The S.M. Blair Family Foundation Award for the project most deserving of a patent.

At the November 27th Discovery Awards Mike and Todd were awarded the Youth Award, sponsored by EnCana.  This Award recognizes the achievements of young scientists who have been elected by their peers as the ‘best in show’ at the annual provincial science fair event, the Team Nova Scotia Showcase.  Taking place each May, the Team Nova Scotia Showcase is the signature event of Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science (NS YES!), the provincial organization for science fairs.

To learn more about the Alter-Leg, visit and click on ‘Project Profiles.’

About NS YES!

NS YES! is a non-profit, non-government organization with the following mission: to inspire young Nova Scotians to experience science in their lives, and to celebrate their discoveries.

NS YES! is best known for its signature event, the Team Nova Scotia Showcase, which showcases the best young scientists from across the province and their projects annually prior to their participation in the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  The Showcase is a media and team-building event where students have the opportunity to sharpen their presentation skills and have a little fun before heading off to the nationals.

NS YES! is sponsored by EnCana Corp, the Department of Education, the Office of Economic Development, Saint Mary’s University, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, and Nova Scotia Power.


Christina Rowlands
Communications Officer, NS YES! 902-424-8408

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