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Thomson's Grade 9 Pre-AP Science Students Design and Build Mars Rover in Transportation Challenge

  On May 25, 2015, students simulated a mission of transporting a solar-powered communicator efficiently across challenging Martian terrain to a site with more sunlight.  In solving this mission, students practiced the scientific method - identifying the problem, hypothesizing, designing, building, observing, analyzing, and rehypothesizing - in the construction of robotic vehicles.  






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 10Pre-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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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 skills essential for achieving success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  

   AP Programs, taught within select Grade 12 high school courses of the Ontario Curricula, are considered equivalent to a year-one course in that subject at most universities.  As such, students' successful achievement on the AP exam, written in May, is highly valued for admission decisions by universities in Canada, the United States, and other international countries.  

  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:

  • Recommended grade of 80% or higher in Academic-level Science or University-Preparation Biology (SBI3U1) in the previous year. (For Grade 8 students, 80% or higher in science with marks in English and Mathematics strongly considered.)  
  • Recommendation of teacher(s) from previous years.  

  Thomson students must submit their completed application to Student Services Office after registration on MyBlueprint in early February.  Non-Thomson students intending to enroll at Thomson for Fall of 2015 or Spring of 2016 must download the application form (available at thomsoncollegiate.com > About Thomson > Advanced Placement) and fax it, addressed to Students Services, to 416-396-5524. Grade 8 students must submit their completed application to their teacher by mid-February of 2016. 

  Please contact 416-396-5525 x20251 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions about the application process.



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