LOS ANGELES and TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2019 /CNW/ - Jason Latimer, World Champion Magician, Curator of Impossible Science and Science Channel Host, is flying into Toronto on Wednesday, February 6, to perform his Impossible Science Stage Show LIVE for students at University of Toronto Schools (UTS). #BestAssemblyEver
"He's coming for one reason, Ananya Chadha. Ananya is an extraordinary STEM mind, TKS innovator, and grade 11 student who won the challenge with her project that used EEG's and electrodes to control a remote controlled car with her brain!" commented Lauren Baldesarra, Chief Creative Officer, engineering.com and Co-founder of ProjectBoard.
The challenge, hosted on ProjectBoard, engineering.com's community platform, aimed to inspire students to wonder, ask questions and bring science fiction to life. The challenge was open to middle school and high school students in the USA and Canada.
Jason Latimer commented, "The only thing separating the impossible from the possible is the individual wondering about the right question. Our goal with this contest was to inspire that individual! We want to engage students to challenge the impossible through their hows, whys, what ifs and why nots, and encourage them to think outside the box using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics."
When asked why she wanted to win, Ananya said her goal was big... "To share my work with the world and be able to connect with other awesome people in the Brain Computer Interface space. It is quite difficult to get involved with BCIs, but I feel as though this contest might let me connect with awesome smart minds across the globe. If given the opportunity, I could really make an impact on this revolutionary space."
"Ananya is a force of nature, and embodies everything that is so exciting for what the next generation will accomplish," says Baldesarra. "She is not only an inspiration to our online community, but is an example the world should look up to. Pair that with Jason Latimer coming to Toronto, and 2019 is an incredible year so far!"
"We are delighted that Ananya is being honoured for her efforts in developing innovative technology related to Brain Computer Interfaces," says Rosemary Evans, Principal at UTS. "We wish to thank Engineering.com for sponsoring the Impossible Science Challenge and for encouraging student innovation. We are also most grateful that Jason Latimer is coming to inspire our students through his magic".
About Jason Latimer
Jason is both the recipient of magic's highest honor, the title "Grand Prix World Champion of Magic", and the curator of the iconic Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. You may recognize Jason as one of the judges with Penn & Teller from Syfy's magic competition Wizard Wars, or his science series SciJinks with Johnny Galecki on Discovery, but it's his Impossible Science Initiative that has everyone talking. Latimer's Impossible Science labs, festivals, live shows, and digital series in science centers unite science and magic to inspire wonder in education. Jason will be a keynote presenter of the upcoming USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC to discuss Education through Curiosity. http://www.jasonlatimer.com/
ProjectBoard is the social platform for problem solvers to discover and do projects! ProjectBoarders come together to share ideas, ask questions, and take action on causes they care about! https://projectboard.engineering.com/
About University of Toronto Schools (UTS)
Established in 1910 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Schools provides an exceptional educational experience for students in Grades 7-12. Merit-based admission, academic and co-curricular excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion are the core values that guide UTS in preparing our students to be socially conscious global citizens.
For further information: Media & Press Contact: Lauren Baldesarra, Chief Creative Officer, Engineering.com, Co-Founder, ProjectBoard, Lauren@engineering.com