Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced this week that students at William Lyon Mackenzie C. I. (TDSB) placed second in the 22nd annual ExploraVision National Competition.  ExploraVision is the world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition designed to build problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills.


The grade 10 students Ricky ChenDan Timonera  and Ingridi Musa created a new technology that uses light signals to boost optical computing, recognizing that computer power can no longer maintain its rapid exponential rise using standard silicon technology.  Their project titled Low Transistor Count High-Density Turing Machine (LTCHDTM) using Photonic-Saturation Optical Transistors (P-SOT), describes a technology that uses less power to transmit signals over long distances, resulting in computers that are lighter, smaller, faster and more energy efficient.


As national winners, each student will receive $5,000 in Canada savings bonds that they can put towards their higher education. They will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their family and coach (teacher) to Washington during June 4 – 7, 2014. In Washington they will have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and participate in a Science Showcase to display and demonstrate their winning ideas. The highlight of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision weekend will be a gala awards banquet and ceremony where students will be formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.