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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.

For More Information on Stetix: http://www.shad.ca/SHADCup2016ProjectsSpiravita.htm

For More Information on the SHAD Program:  http://www.shad.ca/

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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SyFHz-xXss16IvS-aD7i4Rg8EUr1FwwDdlZGSiFk1i8/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wvnj9lzwsyvz3k5/AACoHgNXBUX47q7byQg_M727a?dl=0

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)

 

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“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.

https://turnaroundtown.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/blog-post-title-1/

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:09

Grade 9 MaST Students on the swing

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Next week wraps up the final week of Grade 9 Badminton Club. Ms. Tevlin and Ms. Mnyusiwalla have made badminton available for grade nine students every other lunch as part of the Danforth commitment to make the transition to high school a happy, healthy and easy process. It is a great way to get exercise and make friends. Over half of the grade 9 MaST students have taken advantage of this opportunity. After next week, the grade nines can continue playing badminton, but they will now be joined by students in the other grades. 

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 12:20

Math@Danforth

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At the start of the school year, the grade 9s were eager yet reserved to show their enthusiasm and interest of mathematics.  Many also did not know each other.  To foster an environment of co-operation, spark some mathematical ingenuity, and to set the tone for the school year, the grade 9s were given the task to work in groups and kinestetically represent a triangle, the numbers 1 to 10, and the fibonacci numbers from 1 to 13.  The grade 9s were also given the task to create a visual representation of the digits of pi.  Then the grade 9s had to determine a way to write the numbers from 1 to 10 as the sum of three integers cubed.  The finished products of all the grade 9s were beyond impressive.  These activities set the tone for the school year.  It will be a year filled with brilliant solutions to challenging problems while having fun with math.

Click here to check out the photos.

If you're on Instagram, please follow societyofcoolmathematicians for more updates on math@danforth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:03

Women in Engineering visits Danforth

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Only 1/5th of this year’ graduating engineers in Ontario are female. On Oct. 12, two 3rd year McMaster engineering students returned to talk to Danforth students to encourage the girls to consider engineering. Nelani is studying computer engineering and Arujula chose chemical engineering. They visited seven different classes and then did a longer presentation for female students only at lunch. Students learnt about the different types of engineering and the importance of the problem solving that engineers do. Nelani and Arujula also shared their personal stories about why they both chose to do a 5-year Engineering and Society program and why Nelani chose computer engineering and Arujula chose chemical engineering.

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Having presentations like this, from students who were so recently at Danforth, helped the present students envision where they might be in a few years and has trigger lots of interest and thoughts about what they want their future to look like. Thanks Nelani and Arujula for taking the time to reach back to Danforth students.   

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:35

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.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B89JKONE-XZidE5FWFJRbXUyRUk

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:01

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