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Thomson Biology Teacher Begins Phase Two of PlantingScience: Digging Deeper Project 

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  In July 2017, Mr. Kim began Phase Two of the PlantingScience - Digging Deeper Project.  He was the only Canadian, among 40 teachers in North America, selected to participate.  Mr. Kim completed training in Science Teacher Learning Through Lesson Analysis (STeLLA) at the Headquarters of the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

  In Fall 2017, Mr. Kim will implement the Power Of Sunlight module with his Grade 12 Biology students.  The program aims to foster scientific literacy and inquiry-based learning in the context of understanding photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

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  Mr. Kim met Dr. Catrina Adams, Education Director of the Botanical Society of America who, along with Dr. Julia Nowak,  PlantingScience Canada Liaison; helped him to be the first teacher to implement the PlantingScience program in a Canadian school.

 


 

Outstanding Achievement on National Science Examinations 

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  Congratulations to Haris Mojadidi, a Grade 11 Chemistry student, who earned the top score at Thomson on the 2017 University of Waterloo Avogadro Examination.

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  Congratulations to Junaid Ishaq, a Grade 12 Science student, who earned the top score at Thomson on the 2017 University of Waterloo Chem13 News Examination and 2017 University of Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Examination.

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Junaid Ishaq also earned the top score at Thomson on the 2017 University of Toronto National Biology Competition.

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Thomson Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Students Explore Integrated Science at York University

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  On April 25, 2017, selected senior students in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics classes at Thomson participated in a sampling of the Integrated Science Program's at York University's Faculty of Science.  Students in the program work collaboratively on interdisciplinary challenges in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. 

 Thomson students toured the Petrie Observatory, explored a first-year Physics and Biology labs, and engaged in Lightning Lectures with Science trivia.

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Thomson Grade 9 Science Students Engaged in Applied Electrical Studies in Pitch Black Program
   On March 24, 2017, Grade 9 Science students participated in the Pitch Black Program.  The program was run by Momina and Thomas of the Engineering Enrichment and Outreach Office, part of Ryerson University's Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. Ryerson Faculty Engineering Architec Sci logo
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  The students practiced the Engineering-Design process to overcome the issue of the need to restore power to building in a blackout of a neighbourhood.  Students used their understanding of series and parallel circuits to design and construct a circuit, with LED lights and a breadboard, whose lights are not all turned on.

 


 

Thomson Physics Student Wins Inaugural STEMZ Senior Level Contest by Professional Engineers of Ontario - Scarborough Chapter

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  Congratulations to Rahmah Tariq, a Grade 12 Physics student, who earned First Place in the Inaugural STEMZ Contest at the Senior Level, by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Scarborough Chapter, held in Scarborough on December 3, 2016.

  In the contest, Rahmah applied her understanding of principles in physics to societal issues - Electricity, Radioactivity and Nuclear Science, Safety in the Laboratory Environment, and The Basics of Reinforced Concrete - described in technical articles written by members of PEO.

She earned the top prize of $100.

 

 


  

Outstanding Achievement on National Science Examinations 

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  Congratulations to Junaid Ishaq , a Grade 11 Science student, who achieved the top score at Thomson on the 2016 University of Toronto National Biology Competition.

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  Junaid Ishaq also scored in the Top 4% of All Participants on the 2015 University of Waterloo Avogadro Examination.

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  Congratulations to Aleksander Maksimoski, a Grade 12 Physics student, who earned the Top Score at Thomson on the University of Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Examimation.

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Thomson Science Students Awarded First Place in Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP)*

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  Congratulations to Thomson biology students Kugenthini Tharmakulsekaram and Modlin Orange who, with undergraduate students at Ryerson University, submitted the winning proposal in the North America-wide SSEP* Competition, based in the USA.  Their proposed science experiment, the growth of Pleurotus ostreatus (a fungus) in microgravity, will be performed by astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).  

  Their experiment will be sent on board the ISS likely in Spring of 2016.

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* The SSEP research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

 
 

 

Thomson's Grade 10 Pre-AP Science Students Selected for STEM In-School Leadership Workshop by University of Toronto's Engineering Outreach
 On February 29, 2016, Grade 10 Pre-AP Science students at Thomson were selected as participants in a Pilot STEM In-School Leadership Workshop by the Outreach group of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied & Science Engineering.  Students discussed the term "engineering" and role of engineers in the workplace.  Students performed the Engineering Design Process to complete a challenge of building a functional rollercoaster. stem-engineering-design-process-001 - Copy
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Thomson Grade 11 Biology Students Participate in Freshwater Mussel Classification Study at Toronto Zoo

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   On October 13, 2015, Grade 11 Biology students participated in Toronto Zoo's Great Lakes Program that teaches students about native freshwater mussels and their ecological significance to Ontario's ecosystems.  The students classified a variety of freshwater mussels to study concepts in a hands-on way from the unit on the Diversity of Living Things.  

 


 

Thomson Student Wins 2015 Outstanding High School Student - Science Award by University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Ontario Research Fund

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    On October 8, 2015, Kugenthini Tharmakulasekaram was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding High School Student - Science Award by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Ontario Research Fund.  In addition to her excellent academic performance, enthusiasm and promotion of Sciencecreativity demonstrated in chemistry and physics classes, plus community involvement at Thomson, the judging panel of university professors were impressed by her photo essay titled "Aging - A Predistined Process".  

  Thomson is the five-time, consecutive winner of this award.

 

 


 

Outstanding Achievement on National Science Examinations 

  Congratulations to Mohammed Surti who scored in the Top 4% of All Participants on the 2015 University of Toronto National Biology Competition.

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  Mohammed Surti also scored in the Top 20% of All Participants on the 2015 University of Waterloo Chem13 News Examination.

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  Congratulations to Praveen Sakhamuri Venkata on his Certificate of Distinction, scoring in the Top 20% of All Participants on the 2015 University of Waterloo Avogadro Examination.

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Thomson Grade 10 Science Students Selected for KidsScience Science Extravaganza

  On May 14, 2015, Grade 10 students demonstrating keen habits of mind for science were selected to participate in the symposium to inspire the "next generation of researchers, technologists, and innovators".  Students tour biomedical research laboratories, listen to speakers involved in current biomedical research, and engage hands-on in solving a scientific problem.

 


 

Thomson Grade 9 Science Students Study At-Risk Species at Toronto

 On May 13, 2015, students investigated the impact of human actions on the survival of species from around the world at the Toronto Zoo.  Students studied reasons for declining populations and their negative impacts on biodiversity.  Students proposed actions for governments to take to reduce declining biodiversity in places negatively affected by humans.

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Thomson Science Students Receive Hands-On Demonstration from Paramedics of Toronto Emergency Medical Services

  On April 23, 2015, Paramedics Kevin and Jean-Louis returned to Thomson to teach Science students in Grades 9 and 10 about requirements for success in careers of health sciences.  Kevin and Jean told real and unique stories about their days at their jobs.  The paramedics also taught the students how to make a tourniquet for an injured person, how the electrocardiogram is utilized, and how to secure a patient onto a long spine board.  Students realized how much perseverance is required academically and personally to become a successful paramedic.  Kevin and Jean-Louis enjoyed interacting with Thomson's students.  In return, they expressed gratitude for the time of the paramedics to provide real perspective on a career in health sciences. 

 


 

Thomson Biology Students Are First In Canada to Participate in PlantingScience Program, Achievement Published in Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin

 

    Experiences in the PlantingScience program by students of Mr. Kim's biology classes were published in the March 2015 (Vol. 48, No. 1) Bulletin of the Canadian Botanical Association:

     PlantingScience, formed with help by the National Science Foundation (USA) and led by the Botanical Society of America, is an award-winning program for its promotion of scientific literacy and unique online platform collaborating international scientists with school students in inquiry-focused science experiments with plants.

     Mr. Kim's students were studying conditions affecting the growth of Arabidopsis sp.  Students in very small groups asked mentors questions several times a week about the scientific design of the experiments.  The projects lasted a month.

     In the article by Adams and Nowak (2015): Mr. Kim feels that PlantingScience provides a great platform for communication between students and mentors “who have genuine interest and enthusiasm in teaching plant biology, science, and inquiry-based learning.” The collaboration, he feels, is a very important part of this program and that it is essential for his and other students to have this exposure. (p. 7)

Adams, C. & Nowak, J. (2015). Introducing PlantingScience To Canada. The Canadian Botanical

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Thomson biology students studied traits (continuous, discrete) and phenotypes (number of trichomes per leaf, wildtype - "floppy" vs. erecta - "bolting") of genetic lines of Arabidopsis thaliana.

 


 

Thomson's Pre-AP Science Students Awarded Top Presentation Score at TDSB's Mars Rover Student Challenge

  On March 31, 2015, Thomson's Grade 9 Pre-AP Science students competed with teams from 11 other TDSB schools in a STEM-focused challenge at Bloor Collegiate Institute. Thomson's team of Hasma, Jasmine, Myra, Nikhil, and Spencer exemplified TDSB's STEM principles of collaborating in the process of identifying, designing, creating, receiving feedback, and assessing an innovative solution to the problem - constructing a robotic vehicle that most efficiency delivers a payload across rough makeshift Martian terrain to a destination. The team presented their work incorporating drama and poetry, earning the top score in the Presentation Category of the Challenge.

 


 

Science Department and STEM Committee Host STEAM Day for Grade 9 Students

   On March 26, 2015, all Grade 9 students, in small groups, completed a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Challenge.  Given the real-world scenario of needing to drop supplies to groups of people in need, small groups of students practiced the STEAM-approach to solving this problem - identifying, designing, building, testing, and re-examining.

  Awards were presented to teams exemplifing Best Teamwork, Most Innovative Device, Understanding of Design Process (a.k.a. Future Engineering Award), Team Spirit, and Best Design of Team Crest.  

  Congratulations to all who participated!

 


 

Thomson Biology Students Analyze their Own DNA Fingerprint

  On November 21, 2014, Grade 12 Biology and AP Biology students learned of and performed genetic engineering techniques - DNA isolation, DNA amplification using the Polymerase Chain Reaction, DNA analysis using restriction enzymes, and gel electrophoresis - at the Ontario Science Centre.  From DNA isolated from cheek cells, the students compared the frequency of the variation of their gene, identified as D1S80 on Chromosome One, to the rest of the human population. Students were surprised to realize how common or rare their variation of the gene is!

 


 

Thomson Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science Students Experience Science Programs at Seneca @ York

  On October 24, 2014, Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science Students experienced a day as students in the programs of Biotechnology, Chemical Lab/Pharmaceutical Technician, and Microbiology.  Students uncertain yet of their post-secondary pathway learned of what it took to become successful as science lab students in a college laboratory environment.  Students also gained much insight on the options for students in Seneca@York program, such as the option to transfer to a university program with a high GPA score.

 


 

Thomson Biology Student Wins 2014 Outstanding High School Student - Science Award by University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Ontario Research Fund

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   On October 9, 2014, Fairoja Manjra was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding High School Student - Science Award by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Ontario Research Fund.  In addition to her excellent academic performance, creativity demonstrated in chemistry and physics classes, plus community involvment at Thomson, the judging panel of university professors were impressed by her photo essay titled "Aging - A Predistined Process".  


  Thomson is the four-time, consecutive winner of this award. (Onsia Ansari - 2011, Shelina Wali - 2012, Farhana Manjra - 2013, Fairoza Manjra - 2014.)  

 


 

Thomson's Pre-AP Science and AP Biology Students Inspired by Talk of Dr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator and Retired Astronaut

  On October 1, 2014, Pre-AP Grades 9 and 10, Pre-AP Biology, and AP Biology students attended a motivational talk by Dr. Charles BoldenNASA Administrator and retired astronaut at the Ontario Science Centre.  In his presentation of an open Question & Answer format, Dr. Bolden, informed our students of current NASA initiatives in Heliophysics, Earth and Space Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics.  He also discussed NASA's goals of finding answers to the questions, "How did human beings get here?" and "Are we alone in the universe?"

  Dr. Bolden also encouraged our young leaders of the future by speaking of the value of continued perserverance for overcoming many challenges in life, including his own, in the pursuit of achieving our goals and dreams. Dr. Bolden, in the words of Nkosi Johnson, an inspiring, underprivileged youth, encouraged Thomson students to "do all you can, with what you have, in the time that you have in the place you are".

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Thomson Science Students Engaged in Kid Science Student Internship Program by Standard Life 

  In August 2014, Thomson students gain valuable science experience in laboratory environments and research methods by assisting scientists in their research facilities at Sick Kids Hospital.  

  Recently, Kugenthini Tharmakulasekaram worked on research focusing on the role of white blood cells in inflammation.

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Thomson's Science Student Leaders Coach Grade 7 Students from Charles Gordon Senior P. S. on STEM-Focused Hovercraft Challenge

  On June 25, 2014, Thomson's student leaders in Science coached Grade 7 students from Charles Gordon Sr. P. S. on the challenge of designing, calculating, and constructing, and testing their own hovercrafts.  As mentors to their younger peers, Thomson's science students demonstrated their skills in leadership, team-building, and communication.  Continued collaboration between the Science Departments at Thomson and Charles Gordon Sr. P. S. ensures the continuity of learning of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by students through their schooling at the Intermediate and Senior levels.

 


 

 Outstanding Achievement on National Science Examinations

  Congratulations to Mohammed Surti who scored in the Top 4% of all participants on the 2014 University of Waterloo Avogadro Chemistry Examination.

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  Congratulations to Dhruv Vyas who scored in the Top 20% of all participants on the 2014 University of Toronto National Biology Competition.

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Thomson Biology Students Participate in Pilot Outreach at iDAPT Centre for                                                       Rehabilitation Research

   On June 3, 2014, Grade 11 Biology students learned of Canadian innovations in health care at the Intelligent Design Adaptation Participation Technology (iDAPT) Centre for Rehabilitation Research of the Toronto Rehab Foundation, University Health Network.  Students viewed the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory, a state-of-the-art research facility with motion platforms and simulators of environmental conditions.  Students interacted with Canadian scientists who lead the world, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment invented by Canadians, in research for better ways of reducing injuries in the Canadian climate and supporting the lives of elderly people.

  Thomson biology students valued this overall experience as an excellent preview of a workplace for these prospective health care professionals.

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Thomson Grade 10 Science Students Selected for KidsScience Science Extravaganza

  On May 13, 2014, Grade 10 students demonstrating keen habits of mind for science were selected to participate in the symposium to inspire the "next generation of researchers, technologists, and innovators".  Students tour biomedical research laboratorieslisten to speakers involved in current biomedical research, and engage hands-on in solving a scientific problem.

 


 

Thomson Biology Students Analyze their Own DNA Fingerprint

  On May 17, 2014, Grade 12 Biology students learned of and performed genetic engineering techniques - DNA isolation, DNA amplification using the Polymerase Chain Reaction, DNA analysis using restriction enzymes, and gel electrophoresis - at the Ontario Science Centre.  From DNA isolated from cheek cells, the students compared the frequency of the variation of their gene, identified as D1S80 on Chromosome One, to the rest of the human population. Students were surprised to realize how common or rare their variation of the gene is!

 


 

Thomson Science Students Receive Hands-On Demonstration from Paramedics of Toronto Emergency Medical Services

  On May 9, 2014, Paramedics Kevin and Jean-Louis returned to Thomson to teach Grade 10 Science and Grade 11 Biology students about requirements for success in careers of health sciences.  Kevin and Jean told real and unique stories about their days at their jobs.  The paramedics also taught the students how to make a tourniquet for an injured person, how the electrocardiogram is utilized, and how to secure a patient onto a long spine board.  Students realized how much perseverance is required academically and personally to become a successful paramedic.  Kevin and Jean-Louis enjoyed interacting with Thomson's students.  In return, they expressed gratitude for the time of the paramedics to provide real perspective on a career in health sciences. 

 


 

Thomson Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science Students Experience Science Programs at Seneca @ York

  On April 30, 2014, Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science Students experienced a day as students in the programs of Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering Technician, and Chemical Lab/Pharmaceutical Technician.   Students uncertain yet of their post-secondary pathway learned of what it took to become successful as science lab students in a college laboratory environment.  Students also gained much insight on the options for students in the Seneca@York program, such as the option to transfer to a university program with a high GPA score.

 


 

              Thomson Chemistry and Physics Students Visit University of Toronto,                                                 Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

  On March 27, 2014, Grade 12 Chemistry and Physics students interacted with Canadian scientists and toured laboratories specialized in biomedical engineering and studying complex fluids.  Students visited the work environment where products of chemical engineering, such as artificial kidneys and liquid sand, are made and tested.  Students also visited structures labs used to test structural supports in bridges and buildings under earthquake conditions.  The day ended with a visit to a lecture Convocation Hall and tour of the campus of the St. George Campus with recent Thomson graduate students.

 


 

Thomson Chemistry and Environmental Science Students Visit Cenntennial College-Morningside Campus

  On March 6, 2014, Chemistry and Environmental Science students were engaged in hands-on experiments to experience learning in a college environment.  Students extracted oils from limonene oils from citrus fruits, examined Daphnia and other pond microorganisms under the microscope, and learn about atomic emission spectroscopy.  Students also learned about the support for learning offered by Centennial for first-generation students and through the free HYPE Summer program.

 


 

Thomson Science Teacher Met Commander Chris Hadfield


  On December 7, 2013, Mr. Kim met Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield at a bookstore in Milton, Ontario, his hometown. Hadfield recently returned to Earth as the first Canadian commander of the crew on board the International Space Station.  Hadfield was promoting his new autobiography titled   "An Astronaut's Guide to Life On Earth" (Random House, 2013).  It details his lifelong path of planning ahead and setting goals in pursuit of his realized dream of becoming an astronaut.  His book will be read by students in a leadership course at Thomson.

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Thomson Science Department Hosts STEAM Activity on Grade 8 Day 

   On November 6, 2013, prospective Grade 8 students from Charles Gordon Sr. P. S., Edgewood P. S., St. Andrews P. S., Robert Service Sr. P. S., John McCrae P. S., Knob Hill P. S., and J. S. Woodsworth Sr. P. S. were challenged with a STEM-based task, showcasing hands-on learning at Thomson.

   The task was building the longest nose, not touching the floor and attached to a student sitting on a chair, made of only newspaper and tape.  

  The task allowed students to experience challenges of finding solutions to problems, working with existing parameters, similarly to experiences of engineers needing to build bridges over given environments for instance.

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Thomson Student Accepted to Ontario Science Centre School

  Congratulations to Sharon Lee, one of 30 candidates accepted across Ontario, who completed her high school education at the Ontario Science Centre.

  Sharon enrolled in Biology (SBI3U1), Chemistry (SCH4U1), and Calculus (MCV4U1).

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