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On Saturday, October 29th, current and former members of Team Ctrl-Z promoted Bayview Glen and FIRST Robotics by presenting their 2015/2016 innovative solution, the Smart Sort Trash Bin, as part of the Young Innovators Showcase at the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show in Richmond Hill. TAVES, which attracted approximately 6,500 attendees, showcased cutting-edge technology and innovation in the areas of virtual reality, drones, gaming, audio, 3D printing and much more.
The team’s Smart Sort Trash Bin is made up of a number of trash compartments. The lids of each compartment are attached to servo motors, which are connected to a computer. All the consumer has to do is say what he/she would like to throw out, and the bin uses voice recognition to open the correct bin. When the waste is thrown into the bin, a fact about waste and recycling is displayed on the screen to educate the consumer. The members of Ctrl-Z were excited to share their Trash Trek innovative solution one last time before immersing itself into the current robotics season, Animal Allies.
I'm Roya Aboosaidi, a Grade 9 student at Bayview Glen, and I wanted to share with you my experience at WE Day.
WE Day is about the celebration of kids making a difference in their local and worldwide communities. The Kielburger brothers founded WE Day with a passion for change. I was lucky enough to get to participate in the inspiring festival on October 19th at the Air Canada Centre. We are fortunate to have everything we do. WE day helps us realize that. It also helps us stand up for what we believe in. It could be truth and reconciliation, feeding the poor, donating and so much more.
Performers such as Hedley, Zendaya, Chris Hadfield, Lily Singh and Gord Downie discussed how we can help, because there is always someone who needs it. Gord Downie wrote a book called the Secret Path, hoping it leads to more reparation for residential schools.
The Secret Path is about a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from exposure and hunger after trying to find his way back home from a residential school. "The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and the thousands like him as we find out about ourselves, about all of us — but only when we do, can we truly call ourselves true Canadians" said Downie. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported 3,200 reported deaths, just like Chanie's. It's time to make a change. As a WE school we need to find out what we're interested in and get involved. You can also do WE trips, where you have the opportunity to make a difference. My grandmother went to Kenya and helped build schools. Visit the WE Day website where you can learn how you can help schools in foreign countries.
On October 7, Bayview Glen welcomed back 65 Alumni and Staff to celebrate Homecoming 2016, an annual tradition that gives alumni the opportunity to reconnect with friends, peers, teachers and staff.
This year the theme was Thanksgiving. Decorated in festive fall ornaments and games, the Daunt Dining Hall buzzed with excitement as recent grads shared their experiences and successes since graduation.
New to homecoming this year, was BVG’s first annual food-drive, as well as the very popular Photo Booth, hosted by Monocle Booth Click here(link is external) to see photo booth pictures from the event.
Many thanks to the Alumni and Staff who attended Homecoming 2016! More photos can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
TAVES, a consumer electronics show taking place this weekend, is known as the place to be seen by tech-savvy consumers and industry types looking for the next “big thing”. Ctrl-Z is one of nine teams invited to take part in the TAVES’ Young Innovators showcase. The goal is to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in teens and pre-teens and to inspire others to explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Participants are required to make a 5 - 7 minute presentation about their product. Ctrl-Z will be talking about their Smart Sort Trash bin.
It uses voice recognition to help the user sort waste, diverting valuable waste materials away from landfills. Other schools invited to the event are making presentations on everything from a mobile app that connects babysitters with parents to an indicator slip that detects blood alcohol content by testing saliva. The show takes place this Saturday at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North & Best Western Hotels in Richmond Hill.
As the kettle boiled for afternoon tea and visitors sampled sandwiches, students lined up to have their picture taken wearing helmets and soldier’s jackets from the Great War. Grade 10 History teacher Anthony Chuter partnered with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to arrange the shipment of 24 artifacts to be shared with Bayview Glen students. The study of World War One is part of the Grade 10 curriculum. Some of the pieces were reproductions but many were authentic collectables including barbed wire and shell casings.
Mr. Chuter and his students set up a mini-museum in an Upper School classroom and invited guests to view their exhibit. Visitors were greeted with war time music, hands on exhibits and display boards loaded with information including details about the crucial role Canadian nurses (or Blue Birds as they were best known) played during the war.
Many of the visitors had their picture taken wearing donated items as Mr. Chuter used green screen technology that magically placed students in the centre of war time scenarios including battle scenes and fox holes. The artifacts and learning material are part of the War Museum’s educational programme called Supply Line. “There is a major benefit for students to touch and feel actual pieces from the past.” said Mr. Chuter. “I believe it allows us to have a greater connection to the stories from our history.”
For Ryan Valentino, cooking is a passion that started from a very young age. She’s been officially “operating” the family stove since the age of 5 and regularly watches cooking shows for her own inspiration. So when the Grade 6 student saw the opportunity to audition for Chopped Canada Junior on the Food Network, she jumped at the chance. The taping was a thrilling experience with a behind the scenes look at the world of television and entertainment. The cooking competition was 30 minutes including multiple shots of the judging and other production elements.
Ryan trained extensively before the show and was particularly strong on her timing with the appetizer portion. Her hard work paid off as she was declared the winner of Chopped Canada Junior. Ryan’s mom Heather says all the sticky drawer handles and sink full of dirty dishes has paid off. Ryan is now an independent chef who makes family supper twice a week, loves to create and is always looking to try something new.
Watch episode here.
Thanksgiving weekend can be a key benchmark for students at the start of a new school year. Why? Well, it's widely believed five to six weeks is about the right amount of time for routines to settle and for classmates to connect with each other. A unique project in a grade 5 classroom helped with the connecting part of the story thanks to a high-tech twist. Enter QR codes. Instead of simply writing down a paragraph about themselves, Ms Civan had each of her students voice a story about themselves and attach a QR code. The codes, along with a photograph, were posted on each student's locker outside the classroom. With the help of a smart phone, anyone could scan the code and learn more about her fifth graders. "I like using a variety of tools to help my students communicate in different ways," said Ms Civan. "The voice recording feature and the codes themselves had the kids excited about trying something new." Families were invited on a "gallery walk" on curriculum night to explore the many stories that were easily accessible with a quick scan of a phone. "It was a huge hit. Now my students are eager to try a new piece of technology for their next project!" said Ms Civan.
Upper School Phys. Ed faculty member Bruce Gill joined his fellow Canadians in a grueling physical challenge that will not soon be forgotten. Here is a first hand account of a remarkable journey with our very own Mr. Gill emerging victorious.
ITU WORLD TRIATHLON GRAND FINAL COZUMEL 2016
LIVING THE DREAM
As a young boy I dreamt of playing hockey for Les Canadiens and Team Canada. The reality of that dream was shattered at an early age. It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 (50 years later) that I qualified to represent my country in my Age Group (60-64) in my sport of choice, triathlons, at the 2016 Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, Standard (Olympic) Distance. This dream of being able to represent Canada was realized recently on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
The race itself was very tough under trying conditions of heat (32C), humidity (95%), and a water temperature of 29C while having to swim against a current from which many had to be “rescued”. The percentage of racers staggering to and collapsing at the finish line was unique.
The beauty of the race was actually in all of the people I got to meet before the actual event, not only from Team Canada but from around the world, many of whom I hope will continue to be a part of my life. Don’t give up on your dream no matter what it may be; make it happen!
Thank you Mrs. Daunt and Mr. Auld for allowing me to have been the proudest member of Team Canada and to all of the students, staff, and parents for your wonderful support. Thank you Corina! Be loud, be proud!
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The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Ontario held its annual kick off and training event Saturday, Sept. 24 at our Moatfield Campus. The 2016/2017 theme for the season is Animal Allies. The goal is to improve our interactions with animals by designing an innovative idea with something that exists in a new way, or inventing something totally new.
The objective was to give newer teams a head start by providing them with the basic knowledge needed for a successful and enjoyable FLL robotics season. Approximately 120 students, mentors and coaches from 23 school and community-based robotics teams attended the event. Members of Bayview Glen's award winning team Ctrl Z ran several of the workshops.