Butson adds engineering win to his CV

Mangerton science whiz Ethan Butson has added another gong to his impressive collection.

He was named winner in the engineering section of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards handed out in Melbourne yesterday.

Ethan entered his SMART (Stroke Management with Augmented Reality Technology) system, which changes the way that stroke patients perceive their surroundings so they can better avoid obstacles.

The system creates different visual effects to reduce the complexity of an image, using a cap with a forward facing camera attached and virtual reality glasses.

"Science is my life and one of my major passions," Ethan said.

"I love the discovery that comes with science and using that discovery to help benefit others."

Ethan is a year 12 student at The Illawarra Grammar School.

He has been named NSW, and Australian, young scientist of the year.

Along with younger sister Macinley, Ethan was also named Wollongong's 2014 Young Citizen of the Year.

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