Their experiment will be sent on board the ISS likely in Spring of 2016.
* 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.
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.
Mohammed Surti also scored in the Top 20% of All Participants on the 2015 University of Waterloo Chem13 News Examination.
Congratulations to Praveen Sakhamuri Venkata on his Certificate of Distinction, scoring in the Top 20% of All Participants on the 2014 University of Waterloo Avogadro Examination.
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.
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'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!
Applications Available in January for Pre-AP Science, Pre-AP Biology and Chemistry, plus AP Biology for 2015-16
The Science Department is offering the following courses in 2015-16:
Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Programs provide students in Grades 9 to 11 with rich learning opportunities to develop higher-order, critical thinking skillsessential for achieving success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Students interested in enrolling in Pre-AP Sciences (including Biology and/or Chemistry) or AP Biology must complete an application to be available in mid-January.Criteria on the application for 2015-16 includes the following: