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 10, Pre-AP Biology, and AP Biology students attended a motivational talk byDr. Charles Bolden, NASA 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".
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: