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Nick Johnston, a Grade 10 Semiahmoo Secondary student will soon present the project he created to explore the communication of word and letter combinations using brainwaves, essentially allowing people to communicate without speaking.

The project – called Computer-Aided Telepathic Communications – was one of 18 across the country selected by Youth Science Canada’s panel of 20 university faculty, industry researchers, educators and Team Canada alumni. It also won a gold medal at the regional science fair.

Nick Johnston is putting the finishing touches on his science project this week as he prepares to participate in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition May 8-13.

The Grade 10 Semiahmoo Secondary student will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. next week for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where 1,600 Grade 9s-12s from 65 countries, regions and territories are to compete for more than $4 million US in scholarships and prizes.

“It’s going to be quite amazing,” said Johnston, one of just two British Columbians to attend. “I haven’t been to an event like this – (it’s) quite a big deal.”

Johnston is now building a bigger project board to display at the event, and is working on his presentation. “The judges are at a very high level,” he said, noting he is slightly nervous. “I’m expecting there will be some people involved in the field I’m doing… so I’ll have to be ready for that.”

If he wins a monetary award, Johnston said he plans to put it towards his post-secondary education.

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