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Come one come all to Sci-Tech Fair 2017

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Students have been busy building and experimenting for the last month or so and are just about ready to present their research.  Come out and celebrate all their hard work and maybe pick up some science wisdom in the process.

The fair takes place in Danforth's cafeteria on March 7, from 6.30-8.30.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 20:38

2016-17 Hot Air Balloon Contest

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At lunch on Tuesday Jan. 17 fourteen teams met to compete in the annual hot air balloon contest. Each balloon was heated for 90 s with a hot air gun and the winning balloon is the one that stayed up in the air the longest. The winning balloon stayed up for 56.8 s and was built by Adri S., Jonah G. and Manning W.. This was closely followed by the second place winner which stayed up for 53.5 seconds. This balloon was built by Fariha F., Tahiat S. and Prachyo S.. You can watch their balloon and others in this video made by Will A.

Grade 9 MaST mini foosball table project

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The grade 9s recently worked collaboratively to build a mini foosball table in their math class.  The mini foosball table required specific constraints such as size, function, and appearance.  Using their equation solving skills, the grade 9s first determined all the appropriate dimensions of the mini foosball table their group will build.  Next, each group discussed and planned how they will build their foosball table.  The grade 9s dedicated many hours into building some very well designed mini foosball tables.  Throughout the entire process of building the foosball tables, the grade 9s, in addition to applying math skills, they developed planning, designing, problem solving, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.  


MaST Students attend an Aerospace Conference Oct. 28-29

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The photo shows Shoeb, Masnoor, Jackson and Farheen who were a few of the students that attended the Toronto Students Advancing Aerospace conference. There were lectures and chances to chat on Friday night at Ryerson University and all-day Saturday at the University of Toronto. The event was organized by students at these universities including three former Danforth students; Ridwan, Victor and Zak. Thanks to these alumnae for the invitation.

“TSAA taught me a lot of great lessons on how to be successful and have fun with it at the same time. It showed me that a strong team doesn't just come from having people who are smart or creative, but by having a group that is willing to work together by their own self volition. Before this I thought going to conventions was “stupid” and a waste of time, but TSAA really opened my eyes and showed how much other people can help you realize things you've never really thought about or they can give you the information to shape your own future.”  Fardeen

“TSAA was an eye-opening experience which was very helpful to me as I was skeptical towards Aerospace engineering for being a desk job with no hands on experience. It cleared the stereotypes that clouded my eyes of engineering being a monotonous desk job with limited opportunities of being creative.”  Shoeb

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 November 2016 00:19

Caitlyn wins in a national competition and recommends the SHAD experience for other MaST students

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SHAD is a month long program, in July, focusing on the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in regards to business and entrepreneurship. Participants spend the month living in residence at a university, while attending lectures, workshops and completing a business challenge.

Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity of attending SHAD at Carleton University in Ottawa. I was able to attend lectures on topics such as imagination and nanotechnology, participate in game design and global health workshops, while making 55 amazing new friends. We also had a chance to explore Ottawa, go camping (in the pouring rain), try dragon boating, and many other fun and different activities. A group of us even walked across the Ontario-Quebec border one day during our, very limited, free time.

Every year, participants are given a business challenge and the topic this year was food insecurity in Canada. My group created a company called Stetix. We developed a product called SpiraVita, which is a small tank which allows consumers to easily grow a  blue-green algae, called Spirulina, in the comfort of their own home. Spirulina is very nutrient dense and, if needed, someone can live off of just 2 grams of Spirulina per day and water.

My group was chosen to represent SHAD Carleton in the John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup. This event took place on October 27th, and my group placed second in the Best Website category and third in the Best Prototype category.

Shad was one of the best experiences of my life. It is impossible to describe how amazing and life-changing Shad was. If you are currently in grade 10, 11, or 12, I completely recommend applying. The application is due on November 28th, 2016.

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 22:33

The Fifteenth Annual Roller Coaster Competition!!!

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At lunch on Friday, ten rollercoasters made by the grade 12 Engineering Design students were on display. The coasters presented this year were among the best ever and the students should feel very proud of their work in this very challenging project. Hundreds of teachers and students dropped by to see them in action and vote for their favorites. The teams had to 'sell' the merits of their coasters to a very demanding and discerning audience.
The audience favorites were Winter Wonderland (built by Abida, Erin and Ethan), Rainbow Road built by (Keyan, Will A. and Ben) and Cincinnati Zoo built  by (Meaghan, Camille and Martin). The coasters were also judged in detail by the class and received marks for the length of the ride, number of loops, hills, interweaving, jumps and other features. The clear winner in this technical judging and overall was the Cincinatti Zoo.

You can watch the Cincinnatti  Zoo coaster in action in this video made by Camille.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 October 2016 17:18

Mole Day at Danforth 2016

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Friday, October 21 was Mole Day at Danforth.  Please follow the link below to see some pictures of the event and check out the video put together by Voices of Danforth.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2016 10:04

MaST Students attend the High School Design Hackathon at the University of Toronto

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“All the students were split into groups (each group included a student from U of T), and given the choice of one of three problems. We had to brainstorm with the other students in our group and find a solution. Then each group presented in front of a panel of judges. I enjoyed this event as it gave me more experience as to how an engineer thinks and co-operates with others. In addition, I realized that there are lots of different ways problems can be solved and that there is not just one solution."      Alison (grade10)


“We got to pick one of three design challenges to solve in groups of six. Our group chose the challenge about the problems with the TTC, but other groups explored smartphone design for the elderly and disaster relief centres.  After the two hour work period, we presented to a panel of judges."     Emma (grade 10)



“My group created a design for an elderly-friendly smartphone. I found the experience to be thoroughly eye-opening as we not only went, but we also took the time to consider the pros and cons of everyone’s ideas and come to a consensus with how we were to go about presenting that solution. In conclusion I found the program to be incredibly helpful in terms of both project management, and co-operation in a working environment, as well as being able to just make general inquiries about university life.”   Zanna Grade 10

Please also see another student's write-up of the event by following the link below.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:09

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