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Thomson Physics Student Completed Women In Engineering Summer Internship Program
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  In July and August 2017, Hasma Habibiy, a Physics student and member of FIRST Robotics Team 5719, completed research in the Inaugural Women In Engineering Summer Mentorship Program at the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University.  Hasma was selected among dozens of Grade 11 applications in a vigorous application process. 

  Hasma worked alongside graduate engineering students.  Hasma's poster about her project won the Student Choice Award.  Hasma also worked on the social role of promoting gender equity in STEM and engineering studies and was mentored by Marisa Sterling, Assistant Dean of Inclusivity & Diversity, Lassonde School of Engineering.

 


 

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 10 Pre-AP Science Students Engaged at Third Annual Let's Talk Cancer Symposium by Lets' Talk Science 
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  On April 18, 2017, Grade 10 Pre-AP Science students participated in the Third Annual Let's Talk Cancer Symposium by the Research Information Outreach Team of Let's Talk Science at the Hart House of the University of Toronto.  The student were engaged in hands-on activities and speeches from scientists focused on research in clonality, tumour microenvironment, oncogenomics, and drug development. C9tyoYuVoAAY6t5-001

 


 

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's Female Science and Physics Students Investigate Programs at Lassonde School of Engineering at York University

  On December 5, 2016, female science and physics students visited the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.  Dr. Marisa Sterling, Assistant Dean of Inclusivity & Diversity at the School, invited the students as part of the vision and goal to increase gender equity in engineering and STEM-related careers.  

  The students visited the Prototyping Lab, High Bay Structures Lab, Materials & Mechanics Lab, and Environmental Engineering lab.  As well, female engineering students presented current research projects and discussed life as an engineering student at Lassonde.  Students also designed, built, and tested model rockets near the Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics Lab. 

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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.

 

 


 

Thomson Biology Students Engaged In DNA Fingerprinting

  On November 30, 2016, 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!

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Biology students extracting their own DNA, preparing DNA for polymerase chain reaction for DNA fingerprinting,and learning about polymerase chain reaction in DNA fingerprinting.

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 Thomson Biology and Chemistry Students Experience Science Programs at Seneca @ York University, Faculty of Applied Biology 
   On October 26, 2016, Biology and Chemistry Students experienced a day as students in the programs of Biotechnology, Chemical Lab/Pharmaceutical Technician, and Microbiology.    SenecaYork-001
  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 Arts and Science University Transfer Program.  The program allows the college student with a high GPA score to the transfer to a university program to earn both a Two-Year College Diploma and Four-Year University Degree within four years!

 


 

Thomson's Female Physics Students Participate with Lassonde School of Engineering's Build Team in Habitat For Humanity's Women Build
  On September 17, 2016, female Grades 11 and 12 Physics students joined female engineering students on the build team from York University's Lassonde School of Engineering to participate in Habitat for Humanity GTA's Women Build.  The students learned to utilize construction tools and collaborate with different team members to build a home in Scarborough.
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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, co-principal investigators with students at Ryerson University, who submitted the winning proposal in the North America-wide Students Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)* Competition.  

  The science experiment, the microgravitational growth of an edible pearl oysterm mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, was performed by astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) in July 2016.  The experiment returned to Ryerson University in August 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.

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 July 18, 2016. Space X-Falcon 9/CRS-9 Dragon rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft detaches, Falcon 9 rocket returns for Stage One landing.
 
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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'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 Biology Students Analyze their Own DNA Fingerprint

  On November 20, 2015, 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 Chemistry Teacher Receives STAO Service Award

  In November 2015, Mr. Lee received the STAO Service Award at the Annual Conference of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario.  Mr. Lee had been volunteering as Conference Manager of the annual conference for many years.

  The four-day STAO Conference has been the main event for professional development for science teachers (K-12) in Ontario.  Mr. Lee has been responsible for ensuring that the venue is set-up efficiency, plus presenters, vendors, guests, teachers, and other participants are taken care of.  Thank you Mr. Lee for your service to science education in Ontario in this capacity.

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  Mr. Lee was also the 2012 recipient of The Ontario Service Award and the Co-Chair (with Ms. Ghazariansteja) of the 2005 STAO Conference.

 


 

Thomson Biology and Chemistry Students Experience Science Programs at Seneca @ York University, Faculty of Applied Biology 
   On October 28, 2015, Grade 11 Biology, College-Preparation Students experienced a day as students in the programs of Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Technician, and Microbiology.    SenecaYork-001
  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 Arts and Science University Transfer Program.  The program allows the college student with a high GPA score to the transfer to a university program to earn both a Two-Year College Diploma and Four-Year University Degree within four years!

 


 

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 "The Perfect Fried Egg".  

  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 laboratorieslisten to speakers involved in current biomedical research, and engage hands-on in solving a scientific problem.

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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. 

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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)

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     Association Bulletin. 48(1), 7-8. http://www.cba-abc.ca/Bulletin_48_1.pdf

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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 Science Department Receives Certification of Appreciation from Science Teachers' Association of Ontario StaoLogo Primary-001

  On November 2014 at the Annual Conference of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO), members of the Science Department at Thomson were recognized for their contributions to helping to promote science education in Ontario.  Over the years, the following science teachers at Thomson contributed in the following ways as members of the STAO Committee.

  Thank you very much for your service to science teachers in Ontario in your capacity.

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Ms. Vander Meij

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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 Biology Students Engaged in BIO School Malaise Trap Program by Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at University of Guelph 
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   Over two weeks in late September and early October 2014, Mr. Kim's Biology students participated in citizen science for Let's Talk Science and the International Barcode of Life Project.  The students set up a malaise trap in the courtyard at David & Mary Thomson C. I.  A total of 1038 samples of arthropods were collected in the courtyard at David & Mary Thomson C. I.  Analysis by the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at University of Guelph revealed that Thomson students collected 120 species, 28 of which were new discovered!  Identities of these 28 new species and their locations were entered into the International Barcode of Life Project.
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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 Science Students and Teacher Participates in Promotion Video for CurioCity Program by Let's Talk Science

   On June 4, 2014, Thomson Science students in Ms. Vander Meij's Grade 11 Chemistry class and Mr. Kim's Science class participated in the production of a video for promoting CurioCity by Let's Talk Science.

  CurioCity is a free online resource, focused on STEM-focused learning, for both students and teachers.  For students, there are updated articles and resources to encourage interest in learning, thinking, and relating personal experiences to science.  For teachers, the site offers one-stop, ready-to-go resources for teaching STEM-focused learning, science literacy, learning strategies, case studies, and action projects.

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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. Standard Life Kids Science-001 SickKids Logo-001 - Copy

 


 

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.   emsbadge-001 - Copy


 


 

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 will enroll in Biology (SBI3U1), Chemistry (SCH4U1), and Calculus (MCV4U1) in Spring 2013.

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Thomson Biology Students Engaged in DNA Extraction and Study of Genetics by SciHigh of Lunen-field-Tanenbaum Research Institute
   On May 30, 2013, Grades 11 and 12 Biology students studied genetics in an in-school workshop by SciHigh of the Lunenfield-Tanenbaum Research Institute.  Students extracted their DNA from their own cheek cells, as well as observe the glowing phenotypic expression of a firefly gene in mice. Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute-001 - Copy

 


 

Thomson Science Students Engaged about Climate Change and Optics at Ontario Science Centre 

  On June 3, 2013, Grade 10 Science students were engaged in hands-on demonstrations and presentations about Climate Change and Optics at the Ontario Science Centre.  Students were made aware of the relevance of understanding rising global temperatures and examples of optics around us.

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Thomson Biology Students Engaged In DNA Fingerprinting

  On May 27, 2013, 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!

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Thomson Biology Students Investigate Invasive Species of Fire Ant, Myrica rubra, in Rouge Park with University of Toronto, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  On May 13 and 15, 2013, Grade 12 Biology students, with Dr. Kirsten Prior of University of Toronto's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, collected data for her research on the effect of presence of invasive fire ant, Myrica rubra, on native species of ants in Rouge Park, Ontario.  Students counted populations of both species of ants using the transect method of counting populations. U of T Dept Evol Ecology-001 - Copy (2)


 


 

Thomson Grade 10 Science Students Selected for KidsScience Science Extravaganza

 

  On May 14, 2013, 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.

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Thomson Biology Students Engaged in Study of Evolution and Diversity of Living things at Royal Ontario Museum

   

On October 22, 2012, Grade 11 Biology students toured the Biodiversity Exhibit and participated in a Evolution lab.  The students saw samples of many species and hypothesized relatedness based on phenotypic characteristics.

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Thomson Biology and Health Science Students Investigate Health Science Programs at George Brown College's Centre for Health Sciences

   On April 22, 2013, Grade 11 Biology, College-Preparation and Grade 12 Health Sciences students explored hands-on programs offered at George Brown College's Centre for Health Sciences.  Students investigated programs of Dental Hygiene, Fitness and Health Promotion, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Personal Support Worker. 

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

   On November 30, 2012, Paramedics Kevin and Jean-Louis taught 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. emsbadge-001 - Copy

 


 

Thomson Science Students Volunteer at Toronto Science Fair at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
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  On March 31, 2012, Thomson's Grade 9 Science students volunteered at the Toronto Science Fair at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.  The students helped to set up displays, direct judges and presenters, as well as judge projects by students in kindergarten to Grade 8.  The students very much enjoyed contributing to the Science community.  

 


 

Thomson Hosts Science Professionals to Guest Speak to Students about Career Pathways in Science

   From February 7 to 10, 2012, the Science Department organized a Science Career Talk to help Thomson students to understand career pathways in science.  Professionals included occupational therapist, physiotherapist x 2, nurse, paramedic x 2, veterinary technician, and a firefighter.  Students became aware of choices for courses and levels in science best appropriate for success at Thomson and beyond. 
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  From November 9 to 12, 2011, Thomson Science students volunteered at the Annual Conference of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario.  Students helped to set up booths and equipment, as well as direct presenters and guests.  Students felt very satisfied with the experience of contributing to the greater Science community. 

 


 

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  In May 2011, Health Science students toured the Emergency and Trauma Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  Students investigated hands-on many types of medical equipment and met faculty who discuss their day on the job.

 


 

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     In May 2011, 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 Health Science Students Investigated Health Care Systems at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, and Sherbourne Health Centre  

  On May 19, 2010, Grade 12 Health Science students toured facilities at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, and Sherbourne Health Centre.  Students investigated hands-on many types of medical equipment, including a computed tomography scan.

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