On Saturday September 30, 22 Danforth students from grade 9 to 12 attended the WISE Design Challenge at U of T. This is run by the local chapter of Women In Science and Engineering, to encourage more female high school students to consider STEM careers. It was an intense afternoon of competition and collaboration. Here is what 4 Danforth girls had to say
“We were given three different challenges that we could try to find a solution for. After a few hours, we then presented our solution to a panel of judges and all the other groups in the room. I found that this event helped improve my cooperation, creativity, and presentation skills. I was very much impressed with the other groups’ ideas and it was interesting to see how there are multiple solutions for every challenge. I have decided to join the WISE High School Mentorship program again as I found last year’s program was great. I’m looking forward to the future WISE events.” Alison W.
“We decided to tackle was how we would go about surviving on an overheating deserted island, where the surrounding water is contaminated, all the other people with us are wounded, and the only things we were given were Tupperware, mirrors, and string. My group separated what we needed to do into four categories, water, food, shelter, and healthcare. Overall my team worked really well together, coming up with our ideas and presenting. I enjoyed taking part in the challenge and would love to do it again next year.” Claire D.
“My group decided to design an app for healthcare, the app would be able to tell you where you need to go, ie hospital or walk in clinic, and based on your symptoms and then direct you to wherever you have to go. The app also had your full medical history, that could be edited by your doctor. Doctors could also find you profile by scanning your health-card. It could be used at home or in a hospital waiting room, so that doctors could know the patients symptoms before they saw them. The app would also automatically alert certain contacts if you had an accident and we’re in the hospital.” Taylor B.
“My experience at the WISE design challenge was amazing. It was fun to learn and work with high school students of different ages, I also found it inspiring to talk with university students about their areas of study. Overall it was great!” Maxine S.
Once again, grade 12 Chemistry students have done exceptionally well on the “Chem 13 News Exam” coordinated by the University of Waterloo. Five of our students Jackson, Ankit, Chris , Lily and Ruthie) are ranked within the 80th percentile in Canada, most notably; Chris placed 5th in Canada. His accomplishment is an incredible achievement.
Yet another year of excellent Chemistry contest results. Out of 4253 students Ivan, Astrid , Emily, and Callum are ranked within the 80th percentile in Canada in the Avogadro Chemistry Contest. Congratulations to all who wrote the exam.
We have some wonderful submissions for next year’s agenda from Mr. Wilson and Ms. Neub’s art classes. Traditionally students would submit their artwork for selection by school staff. This year, we want to invite students to choose their agenda cover from four outstanding options.
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The annual glider contest was held in the north gym on June 4th. The grade 11 engineering design classes had spent the past couple of weeks making gliders out of corrugated cardboard, foam-core and corrugated plastic. The gliders this year were among the best Ms. Tevlin had ever seen with the some of them travelling 30 meters. Congratulations to the winning team of Susheen, Varun and Samuel.
Danforth’s annual trebuchet contest took place at lunch Wed. May 31st. Four teams of students from the grade 12 Engineering Design class built large wooden siege weapons to fire water balloons at Danforth staff. We would like to thank all of the people who volunteered to be targets and especially Mr. Weight for showing up with his tiny butterfly net which worked really well until a balloon smashed it too hard. The winning team were the Beachcombers and at the end of the competition the students got to be a target en masse.