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
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
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.
•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:
•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?
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”
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
Award winning journalist and author Gwynne Dyer ignited a conversation about politics, the evolving job market and the impact of automation in a lecture to Upper School students this week. Students in grade 10 History and grade 12 History, Politics, Law, Social Justice and Human Geography attended the wide ranging discussion about US President Donald Trump’s popularity, recent elections results in Germany and Britain’s plan to leave the European Union.
The students engaged in a lively Q and A format following the lecture which included questions about job prospects in a world of growing automation. Dyer’s column appears in more than two dozen languages around the world as he tackles global politics and the impact on world economies. The talk was organized by Bayview Glen’s Social Sciences department.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
There's something new for Upper School students to help research community hour opportunities. A new "one-stop-shop" website (or online community resource library) has been launched to easily find the names and contact information of organizations looking for volunteers. The initiative was student run. Here is how the project came together from the student perspective.
In October, a group of Bayview Glen students joined Mrs Hitchcock for a Saturday visit to the Toronto Volunteer Youth Expo. There, we split up and met with over 80 volunteer organizations and collected all the information the fair had to offer.
Using this information we spent the school year creating an online Community Involvement Resource Library website as well as a physical Community Involvement Resource Library, situated in the Student Service’s Office.
The library and the website include volunteer opportunities available to students of various ages, separated by category, such as The Arts, Libraries, Museums, environment and food banks. The physical library includes pamphlets and information that students can go through while the online website lists, describes, and provides contact information for the organizations. Both give students and parents easy access to over 80 volunteer groups and their contact information. We hope to continue adding to the library next year.
I am very proud of our accomplishments and I hope that this will be an ongoing legacy at Bayview Glen for years to come.
Branda Liu, SEC Head of Community Service
Access the Community Resource Library by clicking here.
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Update: After a remarkable season, Bayview Glen's honeybee hive has been wrapped up for winter! Our hive generated more than 10KG of honey for our community. Stay tuned for a photo essay depicting their journey here at our school.
Bayview Glen is buzzzzzing with excitement over a new initiative we will be taking on this spring. Together with an urban beekeeping company called Alveole, Bayview Glen will be installing and making a home for several honeybee hives in our rooftop garden. Urban beekeeping is an important method of attracting honeybees to the city and providing an ideal home for them to set up their hives. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating plants involved in the vast majority of the foods we eat and due to pesticide use, viruses and other factors, their numbers have been on the decline. (Read more here.) The location of our school is a perfect spot to help maintain a robust bee population.
The rooftop garden is three floors above ground and will not be accessible to children. Unlike wasps, honeybees are vegans and non aggressive.Throughout the summer, beekeepers from Alveole will be coming in to maintain the hives and we will have all of the action available for you to see on our live stream camera which will show on the school’s website. Come September, we will enjoy the fruits of our honeybees’ labour as we extract and jar honey produced by our very own bees.
Our Upper School BioBuilders team championed the plight of the honey bee two years ago as a part of their research project.BioBuilders is the brain child of MIT and offers free curricula to provide hands-on experiences that foster exploration, innovation, and interest in emerging areas of science.
Installation of our Honeybee hive took place May 31, 2017.
The webcam went live on June 15, 2017.
Global TV covered the story on the June 9 broadcast. Watch it here.
Why You Won’t Get Stung This Year!
Bee stings are one of the main concerns when beginning this project. Of course, that’s completely understandable, nobody likes to get stung by insects, at any age!
Wasps have a ravenous appetite and love adventure. As you might have guessed, they are probably the ones who are lingering around and disturbing you, your colleagues and your students on lunch break.
However, bees are docile insects, who only sting when they believe their colony is under threat. They are also strictly vegan and seek only nectar and pollen.
Learn 7 surprising things about Bee stings.