Thursday, 30 October 2014

CEMC Waterloo: Intermediate and Senior Math Contests

The University of Waterloo's first math contest of the year is the CEMC contest, and it's Thursday November 20th, 2014. It will run during periods 3 and 4. The cost of the contest is $10. Please bring your money to Mr. Dick in guidance to register. The registration deadline is November 6th at the latest.

Students in grades 9 and 10 can write the intermediate contest, and students in grades 11 and 12 can write the senior contest.

For more information, visit the CEMC website

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Carleton University Essay Contest

You could win $500 by writing an essay on the following question: "What are the advantages of combining the study of the humanities and the sciences?". This contest is open to all high school students. The essay must be no more than 1000 words in length, and must be uploaded to this link by Dec 5, 2014 at the latest. Carleton University's Bachelor of Humanities is Canada's premier program in the Great Books. Humanities students study the most influential books and ideas in literature, philosophy, history, art, music, political theory, and religion. To learn more about the program, visit

Friday, 10 October 2014

Me to We @St FX University in Nova Scotia

Me to We is partnering with St FX University in Nova Scotia to bring young people from across Canada together for a one-of-a-kind leadership training experience, and they are currently looking for students to apply. The program is a 4 day leadership training program, which offers students the chance to live on campus, participate in workshops hosted by StFX and Me to We, and create an action plan focused on their personal leadership development. Applicants must be between 15 and 17 years of age and currently enrolled in Grade 11 or Grade 12. Most importantly, they’re looking for young people who have a passion for leadership, who are actively involved in their local or global community, and who engaged critical thinkers. If selected, all expenses for the participant are covered, with the exception of travel to and from StFX. Applications are open now and close on October 17, so if any students might be interested, please feel free visit: this link or contact for more information. Application form is here.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Thinking of being an Engineer? Find out Engineering is for you!

The Oakville Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario would like to invite high school students and engineers to a dinner event! Open to all high school students and engineers in Oakville and Milton, this event is all about connecting local youth to local Engineers.
High School Students - Do you think Engineering is for You? Come out to learn about engineering and to ask professional engineers about their experiences. Over the course of the evening you will be able to have conversations with working engineers about their work and educational experiences.

St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas St W
November 4, 2014
 6:00pm - Registration & Networking - make sure to bring a business card to enter the door prize draw. Students be sure to include your name, school and email, these will be helpful to keep in touch with the engineers you meet.
6:30pm - Welcome and Presentation by Darla Campbell. Darla is an engineer, and owner of The School of Leadership. She will kick-off the event with some networking tips to set students up for success, talking with the engineers at their tables.
6:45pm - Buffet Dinner
7:30pm - Panel Presentation - hear stories from a few engineers, and ask any more questions.
8:15pm - Wrap-Up and Door Prize Draw
High School & University Students - $18
Engineers - $45 (which includes subsidizing the cost of a student to attend)
Teacher - $35
Donation - if you would like to support the event, but are unable to attend, please consider a donation to help subsidize students to attend. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Want to see something truly incredible? You can observe the Andromeda galaxy, one of our nearest neighbors (galaxy wise), with only your eyes.

Head outside and look to the east. The galaxy starts midway from the horizon and is directly overhead around midnight in October. You need to be in a relatively dark area (Oakville residents will likely need to be away from the light pollution of the city). The galaxy itself is quite large, but can be seen in pretty decent detail with a pair of binoculars. Check out the full instructions here:

Oh, and we have a partial solar eclipse coming up on the 23rd of October. Don't watch this directly, you'll ruin your eyes, but it can be viewed through $5 (+$4 shipping) reusable solar eclipse viewing glasses. Details here:

And as if there isn't enough to be excited about, you can see a ton of planets at night. This makes me wish I had a cottage, or that I could go camping this month...

Thursday, 2 October 2014

TEDx Youth@Toronto

If you're a fan of the popular TED talks on YouTube for Tech Education and Design, there's an event in Toronto this November. The event takes place all day at the Ontario Science Centre on Saturday November 15th. You can apply to be in the live audience here:, or you can watch the live stream the day of the event. This year's speakers are listed here:

If you're passionate about tech, education and design, this is a great opportunity.