Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Reminder: SHAD 2018 deadline

SHAD is seeking high achieving students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. 

The SHAD program runs from July 1 to July 27, 2018.

The on-line application is due by November 20th.

The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. 

Come see or contact Mr Pearce for assistance in applying to SHAD.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Explorica 2017-2018!

D-Day 75th anniversary trip in 2019?
Explore new cultures (Southeast Asia anyone?)
Practice a new language in France, Spain or Italy?
Or a service trip to Australia or Costa Rica?

from Explorica's website:
Authentic educational experiences
Educational travel is more than just sightseeing. We help students truly experience new cultures through personal interactions, hands-on activities, authentic meals and awe-inspiring moments.
Experiential learning
It's not just the exposure to new places that changes students' lives, but also the kind of experience they have during that exposure. That's why we work with teachers to build customized itineraries that meet their specific educational goals and always incorporate interactive activities proven to help students genuinely connect with and retain their experiences.
Cultural immersion
At Explorica, students don't just visit new cultures; they are an active participant in them. Whether it’s learning classic French culinary techniques in a cooking class in Paris, getting your hands dirty making a charcoal drawing in Italy, or digging into organop√≥nicos (urban organic farming) in Cuba, our itineraries go behind the landmarks and uncover the rich subtleties of each destination's long and storied history.

LINK to all the information, tours, costs, etc.

If you are thinking of signing up, let Mr Pearce know as he can get in touch with our Explorica rep.

October U of Waterloo Science Outreach events

All details below, share with others and bring a friend!
  • The Earth Sciences Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and as part of its celebration will be providing a public tour of the Rock Garden and MuseumFollow along with Curator Emeritus, Peter Russell and Curator, Corina McDonald on October 20 at 1pm as they tell ‘behind the scenes’ stories of the Earth Sciences Museum and Peter Russell Rock Garden. Free event, no registration required, please pay for parking.
  • For all ages, the Gem & Mineral Show will be in EIT from 12pm-6pm Friday, October 27 and 10am-5pm Saturday, October 28. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts or pick up an eye-catching mineral or fossil specimen. Free event, parking in Lot Q (Friday) and Lot C (Saturday).
  • The popular Science Open House, a free day of hands-on science discovery for kids, is on Saturday, October 28 from10am-4pm in STC and EIT. Kids explore a world of science in engaging, fun, and memorable ways: identify plants by their perfume, make sparks fly with Physics, try the new dino puzzle pit, and watch the amazing Chem Show! Free event, no registration required, parking provided in Lot C.
For your reference, our campus map.
Hope to see you at an event soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Youth Lens Film Festival

Official Call For Entries!

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you Youth Lens Film Festival [YLFF]. YLFF is a platform to engage and inspire young voices to share their perspectives and stories through the medium of films.

The mission of the festival is Entertainment | Engagement | Education.

This film festival is backed by Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council [CMHC] and International Film Festival of South Asia [IFFSA] Toronto, the largest South Asian film festival in North America.

YLFF 2017 will happen in Brampton, Ontario on December 15, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM. All selected films will be showcased on festival You Tube channel. The finalists will participate in live event which will include screening of films, key note address and awards presentation.

This is a call for submission to high schools and colleges. We are requesting teachers to encourage their students to submit their best work in the form of short films up to 10 minutes in length. Films can be in any genre or language.

If you can also print and post the attached Film Callout Poster in your institution.

Final submission deadline is November 15, 2017.

YLFF is a free event. Please visit us at www.iffsatoronto.com/youth-lens/ for additional details.

Best Regards,


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TECH Talk IRHS - Thursday Sept 28th 7-9 pm

IRHS students and parents need information about technology and new fields of enterprise to make great decisions about the future.  TECH Talk IRHS is designed to help open up that discussion.

Meet with technology professionals, including Adam Camenzuli and others, to hear how they ended up in their chosen fields and ask questions about these new jobs.

Discuss how technology has rapidly become a significant part of our daily lives -  and this trend is set to continue. Home phones became mobile phones and mobile phones are no longer just used to make calls, they are used in banking, fitness, education, social media, health and much more. Artificial intelligence already helps us with our online searches, our online payment systems, and our voice-activated entertainment systems. Driverless cars, cybersecurity, and machine learning are all growing fields of interest, for both arts and science majors, as traditional manufacturing jobs decline.

Let's have a more informed dialogue with high school learners about what they want to do when they grow up, after all, the world has changed so much in the last 20 years.

See you on Sept 28th from 7 - 9 pm in the Theatre at IRHS!

ExploraVision competition

The Toshiba/NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) ExploraVision science competition promotes project-based learning.

Students are challenged to select a local or global issue that can be solved with STEM, perform background research, consult with experts, and imagine how technology can solve the problem 20 years into the future.

Entry deadline is February 8, 2018.