My name is Ben Friesen. I am a grade 11 student at Grimsby Secondary School in Grimsby, Ontario. From learning morse code from my grandfather to building a working remote controlled boat, I have always loved to learn and build things. Later, I was introduced to microcontrollers and programming. This opened new doors and allowed has me to start creating more and more complex things. More recently I have worked primarily with python and the Raspberry Pi. This has allowed for projects such as iSPI.
For the last couple years, I have participated in science fairs with various projects. In 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair and present my project “A system for the passive modification of the wavelength of light in a greenhouse”. In 2014 and 15, I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the 19 Canadian representatives at Intel ISEF (the world’s largest international pre-college science competition) for my projects “iSPI: Integrated System for Pest Identification” and “Improving Crypto: A Novel Smartphone Based True Random Number Generator”.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I enjoy many athletic activities such as SCUBA diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, alpine skiing and cross-country running.