Toronto Youth STEM and Innovation Conference a success

On February 19, a group of 10 SAC Upper School students attended the Toronto Youth STEM and Innovation Conference (tysi2019.com) at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto.

The boys heard from industry and academic leaders and participated in workshops covering the fields of AI, coding, quantum physics, chemistry, cognitive science, and medicine. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Cory, formerly professor of nuclear engineering at MIT, and now the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing as well as professor of chemistry at the University of Waterloo.

The 10 members of the TYSI Council, myself included as the SAC representative, worked for several months to plan and coordinate this conference. The student leaders represent select private and public schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

Now in its fourth year, the conference has developed into an initiative that inspires hundreds of teenagers around the GTA each year to pursue university studies and careers in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Congratulations to SAC students Eddie Jia ’21, Terry Wu ’19, and Jason Zhang ’21 for winning the $500 grand prize for this year’s Innovation Challenge, in which they presented their inventive solution to tackle issues of urban sustainability and development.

A special thanks to Mr. Chris Papalia for accompanying the students for the day.

Story by Matthew Deo ’20
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