The University of Windsor is hosting hundreds of bright young minds this week.

High school students from across the country are in town for the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Inside the St. Denis Centre at the University of Windsor, more than 400 students have set up their projects, including 16-year-old Daniel McInnis from Ottawa

"I built a low-cost 3D scanner for medical applications, specifically for amputees," he said.

Deeksha Kundapur, 16, is from Saskatoon.

"There's a fungal disease called fusarium head blight and I was trying to stop it from growing as much with a bunch of extracts," Kundapur said.

Neeya Vanganur is a 14-year-old student from Windsor. Vanganur is working on converting salt water into pure water without using any kind of energy, but at the same time generating electricity."

The student with the best project at the science fair will take home $10,000.

Organizer Brad McCabe says all the participants' work can form the basis for their future.

"They've turned into businessses and other concepts that they can move forward with in their academic or in their professional careers," McCabe said.

Edwin Tam, associate dean of engineering at the university, is one of the science fair judges. Tam said a competition like this is the perfect way to recruit students.

"It's an opportunity to get the best and brightest from multiple interests here," he said. "And what's important is that we also show the delegates, in other words, the high school teachers and so forth from across the country, what Windsor has to offer.

"They have lots of opportunities to visit the campus, to explore things. For example, we have demonstrations set up in engineering and science [departments].

"It really does give an opportunity to showcase the university and community at large, because they're also going to be travelling through Windsor and Essex."