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Meeting the Canadian PM - a first hand account

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Taking STEM Outreach to Another Level

Imagine if a teacher asked you to concisely summarize everything you learned over a school year in under two minutes. On September 26, 2017 we, as members of the Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen robotics team, were faced with a similar challenge, but instead we were asked by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

From September 2016 to April 2017, Ctrl-Z, consisting of Brianna Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez, Trent Rossos, Harrison Cazzin, Mackenzie Clark, Matthew Wong, and Alex Alexiev, had invested over 3,500 hours working on their robot, research project, and outreach. As a result, in April 2017, out of a pool of over 32,000 other robotics teams from around the world, Ctrl-Z won the Champions Award – 1st place at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis. This was only the second time a Canadian team had ever achieved this honour.

A few months later, in September 2017, Ctrl-Z was invited to represent FIRST Canada at the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Fair held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. There were 28 other students selected from across Canada (BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, and Newfoundland) to showcase their science projects at the event.

On the evening of September 25th, we flew to Ottawa accompanied by Mr. Denison (learning strategist for the Lower School and head coach of Bayview Glen robotics teams) and Dave Ellis (Director of FLL Ontario). After arriving at around 10:30 p.m., we had to prepare for the big event the following day by charging the robot's batteries, lining up team materials, and most importantly learning how to iron our team jerseys!

The next morning, all 30 participants of the Science Fair gathered their projects and loaded them onto the coach bus that would be transporting the group over the course of the day. The first stop was the Wellington Building, just down the street from Parliament. Here, all the students would participate in a round table meeting with the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, and the President of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), Dr. Mario Pinto. Without their science projects in hand, all the students and chaperones entered the building. Due to high security, it took almost an hour to make it to the meeting room, but it was well worth the effort. Each seat had a microphone and a set of headphones, and there was even a live translator for participants to hear simultaneous interpretation of French and English language. First, each student made introductory remarks to the Minister. Then the students each spoke about their science project, from a 10-year old student talking about the effects of advertising on the human senses to a 17-year old student describing research on cancer therapy with Nano technology. All found it inspirational to hear the students share their passion and to hear Minister Duncan and Dr. Pinto speak about their goals and how important it was for Canada’s future that youth be involved in STEM.      

Following Minister Duncan’s round table, the students ate a light lunch and then boarded the bus for the final stop at the Langevin Block, the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. This time, the students entered the building without the chaperones. Everyone unloaded their projects from the bus and brought them to security for inspection. We were given thirty minutes to set up our showcase, consisting of two 4’ x 8’ display boards, trophies, robot and playing field, and Pinder Pet Finder innovative solution.  For the next hour, almost two dozen Members of Parliament visited our showcase. We demonstrated our autonomous robot and research project and discussed our accomplishments, all that we had learned, and how we have inspired other youth to get involved with STEM.

As the MP’s cleared out, guards secured all the entrances, and Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Dr. Mona Nemer, newly appointed Chief Science Advisor, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and an entire film crew, came up the stairs, and made their way to the end of the hall. As the students lined up side by side, the Prime Minister listened to their presentations one by one. Then, it was time for us to deliver our presentation. We had less than two minutes to explain everything to our audience. With all the practice over the years and the good luck from our oversized Canada hats that we wore at the FIRST Championships, we nailed the presentation. The Prime Minister was extremely impressed by how much Ctrl-Z has done to inspire youth, including mentoring a First Nations team in Toronto. In saying farewell, we gave Prime Minister Trudeau one of our Canada hats to remember Bayview Glen and the Ctrl-Z robotics team.  

We will never forget our visit to Ottawa and how honoured we were to represent BVG and FIRST Canada in meeting with Canada’s leaders.  Special thanks to Mr. Denison and Mr. Ellis for accompanying us to Ottawa and making this truly memorable event a reality.

Trent Rossos and Alex Alexiev

Problem Based Learning explained

Date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Collaboration and problem solving are at the core of Problem Based Learning (PBL)  says Prep and Upper School Director of Teaching and Learning Christopher Federico. He presented to the Parent Association November meeting about PBL and answered a series of questions from the audience. Among other strengths, Mr. Federico says PBL allows students to retain information more efficiently since trial and error and experiential, hands-on interaction makes subject matter more "sticky". Thanks to the internet and Google, information is far more readily available. Experts are finding it's how our students are using "information at their finger tips" that will define how they best navigate the global economy.

To view a video of the presentation, click HERE 

Slide deck, click HERE 

 

Record turnout for BVG Speaker Series

Date: 
Friday, October 27, 2017

With stories of struggle and hope, Dr. Silvia Bernardini shared her expertise on the topic of anxiety and depression in youth. BVG is proud to host leading industry experts to discuss topics that are timely and relevant to our community. Dr. Bernardini is a registered clinical child and adolescent psychologist. She discussed the differences between normal anxiety and sadness versus anxiety disorder and depression. She told the audience that mental health is measured by how well we manage the everyday parts of our lives, how well we deal with stress and how well we connect with others.

Fast Facts:

•In Ontario, 20% of children < 19 years have significant mental health problems

•40% have more than one disorder

•1 in 5 teenagers will have experienced a major depressive episode before leaving high school

•Historically 75% don’t get help

•Earlier intervention prevents long-term negative outcomes

Suggetions on how to help:

Do

•Privately – “I have noticed…..”

•Listen and offer support

•I’m happy you are sharing this with me - LISTEN

•How can I help?   

•What are the parts that we can manage/deal with?

Don't

•Be dismissive

•Be critical

•Be judgmental•

Always take their concerns and worries seriously

Do not tell your child to “get over it”; “snap out of it”; “suck it up”, “grow up”

Website recommendations:

Anxiety BC website - www.anxietybc.com

Youth anxiety/depression treatment guideline algorithm - www.bcguidelines.ca/gpac/guideline_depressyouth.html#algorithm

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - www.aacap.org

Teen Mental Health - www.teenmentalhealth.org

Book recommendations:

 

 

Chapters Night preview: Our 2017 teachers book picks are out

Date: 
Friday, October 20, 2017

Chapters Night at Bayview Village set for November 16th   6:30 - 9 p.m.

In honour of our upcoming Chapters Night, our Lower School teachers are sharing their favourite reads.

 

Your Bayview Glen bookmark gets you
discounts at particpating stores in the mall.

Mr. Neville - Not Quite Narwhal, Jessie Sima

*** Mr. Neville will kick off the evening on Chapters Night with a reading at 6:30 p.m.

Mrs. Daunt - Danny the Champion of the World. Roald Dahl

Mrs. Bertuzzi - Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

Mrs. Escott - The Skin You Live In, Michael Tyler

Mrs. Baranieski - The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Peggy Rathmann

Ms. McCleary - Howard B. Wigglebotton Listens to his Heart, Howard Binkow

Mrs. McDonald - The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Ms. Freedman - Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Mr. Meingarten - Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Mr. Baumgartner - Morpheus Road Series, D. J. MacHale

Mr. McCarter - James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

Mrs. DesLauriers - Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss

Ms. Dunlap - Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Mr. Ganley - Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman

Mrs. Johnson - The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mrs. Hillier - Red is Best, Kathy Stinson

Mrs. Dillane - This is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen

Mr. Denison - Crossover, Kwame Alexander

Mrs. Simmons

Over in the Meadow, Jill McDonald and Susan Reed

Ms. Mills - Swimmy, Leo Lionni

Mme. Warlow - Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog, Jackie Clark Mancuso

Mr. Nagthall - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Mrs. Denison - The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt

Mrs. Lende - The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Mrs. Weidner - The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

Mme. Kongoli - Tu Peux, Elise Gravel

Ms. Seun - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling

Mrs. Mackenzie - The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein

Mr. Cwirenko - The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

Mrs. Hafiji - Can I Play Too, Mo Willems

Ms. Iorgu - Mix it Up, Herve Tullet

Mr. Jones - The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Mrs. Nathani - Not a Box, Antionette Portis

Mr. Snowdon

Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

Mrs. Gill - Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

Ms. Elliott - Nasreen’s Secret School, Jeanette Winter

Ms. Hanou - Ish, Sky Colour, The Dot By Peter Reynolds

Mme. Raouda - Le Ballon Rouge, Albert Lamorisse

Ms. Kanary - A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’engle

October Speaker Series - Youth and Anxiety

Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Anxiety and Depression in Youth: A Growing Concern

Many children and adolescents experience a range of emotions that serve a productive purpose and that includes anxiety but Dr. Silvia Bernardini says 10 percent of youth today are experiencing a level of anxiety and sadness that is interfering with functioning. The Bayview Glen Speaker Series is designed to start conversations about important topics. The goal is to empower parents with information and resources. Dr. Bernardini will discuss the difference between normal anxiety and sadness and what could potentially be an anxiety disorder. She says knowing what to look for and catching the warning signs is key. The presentation will also cover both prevention and treatments for anxiety and depression in children and teenagers.

Dr. Silvia Bernardini is a registered Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Toronto in 2005 and received dual registration as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist and School Psychologist from the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2007. She has worked extensively in both hospital and school settings throughout the years with children and their families who experience a range of psychological and learning difficulties. Dr. Bernardini is a founding partner of the Clinical Psychology Centre, a private practice in Thornhill.

When: October 26th, 2017 

Time:  7 pm - 8:30 pm

Where:  J.T.M. Guest Theatre

Ticket details:  Click here

Robotics team attend Prime Minister's Science Round Table

Date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ctrl-Z, our world champion robotics team, was honoured with an invitation to The Prime Minister's Science Fair Round Table with the head of NSERC and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan in Ottawa.  Alex and Trent, two Ctrl-Z team members, were part of a group of students from across Canada who made presentations at the work shop. The goal of the round table was to share innovative ideas in the area of science and engineering. Our students gave a demonstration to the Prime Minister and others of their Pinder Pet Finder.

                            

As part of the one day event, Alex and Trent spent the morning getting to know more than 30 students from BC, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland. They all met with the Prime Minister Trudeau and other dignitaries in the afternoon. Stay tuned for a first hand account and more photographs from the special day.

                                     

 

 

Back to School 2017 Info Guide

Date: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back to the 2017/18 School Year

The Admissions team has put together this comprehensive guide to help with back-to-school questions for the new year. It's loaded with info on school times, curriculum nights and so much more! Click on this link  for an on-line version or stop by our reception desks at both campuses for a hard copy.

We're looking forward to seeing all our friends and families again on September 5, 2017!

 

 

Historic Canadian Win for Bayview Glen Robotics Team on the World Stage

Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For only the second time in history, a Canadian FLL Robotics team has captured the Champion’s Award at the FIRST® Championship. Team #5831 Ctrl-Z, a team comprising of seven Lower, Prep and Upper School students from Bayview Glen, was crowned champion at the FLL World Festival in dramatic fashion last week in St. Louis, Missouri. (FLL is ages 9 to 14 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico; ages 9 to 16 in the rest of world)

                  

The team made three presentations in the compulsory categories of robot, research project and core values.  In the robot presentation, teams outline the design process and the key elements of the robot they designed, constructed and programmed.  The research project is the opportunity to present an innovative solution based on the year’s FLL theme, ANIMAL ALLIES - improving our interactions with animals.  The core values evaluation is meant to showcase teams’ accomplishments in the areas of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism (doing things to encourage high-quality work, emphasize the value of others and respect individuals and the community). Ctrl-Z’s robot design presentation was exemplary and the team’s robot delivered a strong performance on the competition table.  For the research project, Ctrl-Z designed and built a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. The product, called the Pinder Pet Finder, received a great deal of attention leading up to the FIRST® Championship.

After the initial three presentations were complete, it was announced that Ctrl-Z and nine other teams from around the world made the shortlist for the Champions Award.  The ten contenders were then interviewed by a panel of eight judges to determine the three FLL Finalists which were revealed in the ballroom at the America’s Center Convention Complex.  The three Finalists, Team #1920, Flufflepuff (Granger, IN), Team #8631, St. Peters Brickbusters (East Troy, WI) and Ctrl-Z then proceeded to the adjacent Edward Jones Dome to await the announcement of first place – FLL Champion’s Award.  In front of an audience of tens of thousands on Saturday night, April 30, it was announced that Bayview Glen’s Ctrl-Z had captured the top prize.  Congratulations to the Finalist teams and all who competed at the FLL World Festival for a terrific ANIMAL ALLIES season!

Fast facts:

104 teams from around the world qualified for the World Festival at FIRST® Championship – St. Louis, MO

255,000 students globally on 32,000 teams participated in the 2016/2017 ANIMAL ALLIES robotics season

5 Canadian teams, including Ctrl-Z and Team #3436, Hydrators from Oakville, attended the FLL Championships in St. Louis

2011 was the only other time a Canadian team, the Sentinels from Oakville, won the FLL Champion’s Award at the FIRST Championships. 

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

The team thanks its sponsors and advisors, without whom all this would not be possible:

Bark n’ Yapp

Cathy Broughton Dog Walking

Ms. Melissa Chee, COO, ventureLab

Mr. Jack Feder

FLL Ontario

Ms. Rosemary Muccilli, Global Pet Foods, Avenue Road

Organization for the Rescue of Animals

Pegmatis Inc.

Qualcomm

The Toronto Humane Society

Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs

York Angel Investors

Media stories:

CTV

Parents Canada

 

Ctrl-Z Pinder Pet Finder a Major Hit With Investors

Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bayview Glen’s award-winning robotics team, Ctrl-Z, was invited to formally pitch their Pinder Pet Finder to the York Angel Investors on March 30th at the York Downs Golf & Country Club in Unionville. 

 

 

As part of the 2016/2017 FIRST LEGO League season,‎ Ctrl-Z designed a Bluetooth-enabled pet smart collar that helps reunite lost pets with their families. With the help of extensive research, consultation, surveys and hard work, the team developed a prototype that has been receiving a great deal of attention.  Pinder Pet Finder has been showcased at several events including the Ontario Innovation Celebration where Ctrl-Z took home the Problem Identification Award.

 

Designing, building and programming a robot is one aspect of participating in FLL each year. Teams are also challenged to identify a real-world problem related to a theme and propose an innovative solution. For this season, FIRST LEGO League‘s theme is ANIMAL ALLIES and the challenge is to improve our interactions with animals.

To see Ctrl-Z in action, click here. 

Check the team’s website for regular updates. 

Ready, Set, Innovate!

Date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Two of our award-winning robotics teams have qualified to take part in the second annual Ontario Innovation Celebration (OIC) hosted by FIRST Robotics Canada and ventureLAB.  The FLL competition has several elements.  Designing, building and programming a robot is one aspect but teams are also challenged to identify a real-world problem related to a theme and propose an innovative solution.   This year, FIRST LEGO League‘s theme is ANIMAL ALLIES and the challenge is to improve our interactions with animals. 

The February 25th event in Markham will feature 18 of Ontario’s most innovative ANIMAL ALLIES solutions at one location, and teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The judges will then select the two most innovative solutions to represent Ontario at in the Global Innovation Award competition, the winner of which will receive $20,000 to make their innovation a reality.  Leading up to the showcase, teams will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching from industry experts in innovation and how to make a professional sales pitch.

UPDATE:  Feb, 27/17  Ctrl-Z took home the Problem Identification Award. The team is absolutely thrilled with the result and look forward to incorporating many of the takeaways from the OIC into their preparations for their next competition.

The Pitch: Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen’s innovative solution is Pinder Pet Finder, a smart pet collar that helps to reunite you with your lost dog or cat.  Your furry friend wears the collar, and it connects to your phone by Bluetooth.   If your loved one wanders away, the Bluetooth signal is lost and Pinder goes into SOS mode announcing, both visually and audibly, that the animal is lost and brightly displaying the owner’s contact information for passersby to see.  Watch how it works here.

The Pitch: Team RED has designed a Thermo Bot. It’s an autonomous robot with a built in thermometer that constantly monitors the temperature of barn hay. It relays temperature information to farmer’s phones via push notifications. The goal is to prevent barn fires and save the animals and resources that would be destroyed if fire was to occur.  Watch how it works here.

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