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Parabolic Arch Bridge Project

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The grade 10 MaST students were assigned the project to build a parabolic arch bridge.  With a fictional budget of $1000.00, groups worked together to design their bridge by applying their knowledge of quadratic functions.  The bridges had to support a roadway completely suspended from the arch.  The roadway had to span 40 cm and the maximum height of their parabolic arch can be 40 cm.  Once groups determined their design based on the quadratic function of the parabolic arch, they purchased their materials to assemble their bridge.  On the final date of the project, groups were competing against other groups in the areas of maximum weight a bridge can support without collapsing, original design, best budget, most accurate design, best artistic design, and best team.  The groups dedicated many hours to build their bridge and were very engaged throughout the entire process.  

The grade 10s learned valuable skills in working together, working with a budget, and applying knowledge to solve a problem. Congratulations to all the groups on the success of this project!

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 08:17

Sci-Tech 2016

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Yesterday evening, we celebrated all the hard week of the last couple of months in honoring our students at the 2016 Sci-Tech Fair.  Ten of our teams will be going on to represent Danforth at the Metro Toronto Sci-Tech Fair on April 2nd at the University of Toronto.  Congratulations to all and best of luck to our finalists:

Grade 9s

 
Alison Wong and Claire Desmarais--Biosand Filtration System
Manning Whitby--White Cane Substitute
Jack Locke and Yuan Dai--Generators
Kauser Fatima and Emily Grant--Refraction in Solutions and Minerals
 
Grade 11s

Turna Mallik and Caitlyn Gellatly--Electrostatic Detector
Masum Billah and Calvin Veenkamp--Walking Gait Analyzer
Meghan Paleolog and Camille Leblanc--Anaerobic Bacteria Power Cells
 
Grade 12s
 
Andre Bertram and Frank Nguyen--Heart Monitor
Sheema Abdella and Fahreen Bushra--Bioplastics
Nabiha Tahsin and Nahian Khan--Room Population Monitior using Lasers
 
For picures of the fair, please click here.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:20

Frank and Andre's new HelpWear Tech video

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Frank and Andre have recently been accepted into the Ontario Center for Excellence. What this means is HelpWear is now in the top 70 companies for OCE funding, and will be able to compete and present at their distinguished "Discovery Conference", to compete for more funding. The event also puts them in OCE's system bettering their grant prospects for the future.
 
They have also progressed in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship Program (SAGE Canada), where they are now Provincial finalists.
 
Please check out their new video:
 
Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 10:36

MaST Mathletes

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On February 3, Samantha Visva and the Mathletes club organized a mock math competition for many of her grade 12 peers.  The math competition, inspired by a popular scene from the movie Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan, required two teams to answer challenging math questions on functions, calculus, data management and more.  With buzzers and calculators, teams worked together to discuss their solutions and provide their answer.  The competition culminated with one last calculus question, which all participants were excited to experience.  The final question and answer in the Mathletes Competition re-created the famous scene where Lindsay Lohan’s character says the famous quote, “The limit does not exist”.  The event was successfully well attended by participants who were engaged and excited in an activity that can only foster the interest and skill in mathematics of a MaST student.

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 10:45

Students visit U of T for Sci-Tech Fair

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Our MaST students' Sci-Tech fair projects are well under way.  Students in Grades 9, 11 and 12 have been working for a month on these projects building, testing, refining and analysing.  

Please come out to support them on March 1st starting at 6.30 pm in our cafeteria.  

This past Friday, Emily and Kauser, as part of their research on refraction in solutions, visited the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto to collect and analyse data.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:25

Sci-Tech Fair

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Today, MaST students began working on their Sci-Tech Fair projects.  For the next 5 weeks, students will be building, testing, and analyzing.  Inquiry based learning is a fundamental in science and a focus in our program.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 09:50

WEGo.DEsign Competition

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Two Danforth students - Turna Mallik and Caitlyn Gellatly participated in the WEGo Design Competition at the University of Waterloo. They had an exciting time competing against 50 other teams in a series of design challenges using programmable electronics. They did a fantastic job and came second - winning an iPad each.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 14:28

Hovercraft Collaboration

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Recently, our Grade 10 students put their math to use in analysing the motion of hovercrafts they had built in their Engineering classes.  Using linear systems, they were able to make accurate predictions about location and time of flight and they had fun while they did it.  

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