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Kelowna Student Chosen Out of Hundreds to Attend Unique Program

A Kelowna student has been selected out of hundreds of applicants to attend a prestigious event at the University of Waterloo.

Casey Broughton, a 16 year old grade 11 student at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, will head to the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS) hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing. Applicants from around the world look to attend the eight-day intensive summer program, and this year only 44 students from nine countries were selected.

“Casey has been an exceptional student at Aberdeen Hall for many years and we are very proud of this tremendous accomplishment,” said Chris Grieve, Head of School at Aberdeen Hall.

The program offers a blend of lectures, experiments, and research collaboration focused on quantum cryptography, a cutting edge field that utilizes the fascinating laws of quantum mechanics to develop unbreakable encryption that protects communication.

“I’m very honoured to be chosen to attend QCSYS,” said Broughton, “and I’m looking forward to spending time with like-minded students and experts in the field.”

Students get a first-hand look into the physics and mathematics of quantum mechanics, cryptography and how they merge into one of the most exciting topics in contemporary science, quantum cryptography. Participants meet and collaborate with some of the most renowned researchers the field has to offer. Daily social activities encourage relationship building between participants.

The event will run August 7th to 14th, 2015 with students aged 15 and older in attendance.

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