Grade 12 physics students had the opportunity to visit IQC (Institute for Quantum Computing) at University of Waterloo on Wednesday. IQC is one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of nanotechnology.
In addition to taking part in hands-on laboratory activities that displayed the magic of physics in everything around us, students were also challenged to work with basic quantum principles and quantum cryptography. They also sent, received, and decoded a message entirely based on these principles and their applications.
In the image, you can see students focused on encrypting a message using polarized light – the “how” and “why” of which will be taught in upcoming optics and quantum units. We hope they all paid close attention!