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Grade 9 Students at Adventure Valley

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Grade 9 MaST students had a blast this year in the great outdoors at Adventure Valley just north of Toronto.  They worked on leadership and team building exercises.

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To see other pictures of our adventure, please follow the link below.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:01

Danforth Biology Students Win Again

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Students in Mr. Weight's Grade 10 Biology class enetered their presentations in the York University Biophysics contest and did not disappoint. Pictured above are Martin, Emily and Callum, 1st place winners for their presentation on using Antimatter to Cure Cancer. Also pictured are Nuzhat, Abida and Tafriha, honourable mention for their presnetation on How  Butterfly A Wing Gets Its Colour. Congratulations to these and all other students in grade 10 biology for their entries to this contest. Hopefully York University will continue to run this event.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 10:04

Grade 7 Skills Challenge

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As Danforth, our motto is "We learn by doing" and with that spirit, we hosted 8 of our feeder schools for our 2016 Grade 7 Skills Challenge.  Teams competed in 10 different hands on activities this year including:  Culinary Arts, Engineering, Auto Body Repair, Woodworking and more.  Congratulations to Glen Ames for winning school of the year this time round.

Please click on the link below to check out some pictures of the day's happenings.;usp=sharing_eid&ts=570f8abf

MaST@ Danforth CTI Students Develop Award Winning Wearable Device

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The Math and Science Technology (MaST) program @Danforth CTI specializes in Mathematics, Science and Technology. In this program like-minded students are able to accelerate their learning in an enriched and flexible environment.  Presently two MaST students Frank Nguyen and Andre Bertram, are winning accolades for their work on HeartWatch—a 24/7 wearable heart monitoring system which contacts emergency services when a user is in distress. The prototype devicehas already received a lot of attention and has earned the students work space and mentorship at Ryerson University and St. Michael's Hospital. 




Deryk Jackson, a MaST teacher explains, ‘The MaST program challenges students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that lead to creativity and innovation. Frank and Andre exemplify what MaST offers, as they've taken advantage of every opportunity in our math, science and technology enriched program and have achieved beyond our expectations.  They are great examples that high school students can set goals to change the world and then succeed in doing so.’

Most recently, Frank and Andre won a silver medal at the Toronto Science Fair, a $10,500 top prize (see the attached photo) for the MAKO Student Innovation Award and they've been selected as one of 12 finalists at The Stage: National Competition 2016 where they will compete in May of this year. 



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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2016 07:42

Danforth Wins Big at Toronto Science Fair

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Over the weekend, 10 Danforth teams competed at the Toronto Science Fair at the University of Toronto.  Six of our teams came back with medals:


Meghan Paleolog and Camille Leblanc
Sheema Abdella and Fahreen Bushra


Alison Wong and Clair Desmarais
Andre Bertram and Frank Nguyen


Manning Whitby

Gold + invitation to the Nationals in Montreal

Calvin Veenkamp and Masum Billah

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!

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

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