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SHAD 2019 – Summer Enrichment Opportunity

SHAD is a summer enrichment program where high potential high school students spend 4-weeks in July living at a host university campus outside their hometown and engage in experiential learning in STEAM & Entrepreneurship. It’s an opportunity for promising students to meet like-minded peers, explore Canada and gain an immersive university experience. Participation in SHAD is recognized by university admissions & scholarship providers. Students walk away transformed, empowered to make a difference and with a lifelong network.

Who can apply? SHAD looks for students who are: creative, involved in their community and keen learners. Application for SHAD 2019 are open and due by November 19, 2018.

Can my student afford it? A range of bursaries are available, ensuring that the program is accessible to students with demonstrated financial need. Last year, SHAD gave away over $1 million in bursaries to ensure that the cost of the program is never the reason a student does not apply.

Where can I get more info? Contact Jess Tang, Outreach Lead at jess@shad.ca to receive promotional materials for your school.

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Get Ready For The Best Back-To-School Ever!

Returning to school after months away is a big transition for students in all grades, but the road back doesn’t have to be bumpy. Our tutors shared six easy to implement tips that’ll prepare you and your child for the best back-to-school ever:

Adapt your family’s routine: Transitioning to school is easier when preparations begin in advance. Adjust bedtimes and family routines at least two weeks before the bell rings. Talk about why these changes are happening so your child understands it’s about healthy routines and setting up everyone for success.

Set goals: Sit down with your child and review June’s report card. Together make goals for the upcoming school year and consider any additional academic support or tutoring they may require.

Create a dedicated homework area: Organize a homework space that’s quiet, has a comfortable chair, and good lighting. Keep it stocked with papers, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and any other supplies needed.

Make a family command centre: The school year is smoother when papers are organized, and dates are in view. Consider a bin with each family member’s name on it. Place a calendar on the wall and leave a space for the school year calendar and any classroom calendars that come home. This may be the perfect place to dock personal electronics too.

Begin with books: Ease back-to-school jitters and evoke feelings of excitement with the help of school-themed books. Visit the library or bookstore to get some books about school, moving, making friends or even about bullying. Books give children the words to express their emotions and will help open up meaningful conversations between your and your child. 

Before bed routine: Mornings are much less stressful when things are packed the night before. As part of their pre-bed routine, ask your child to organize their knapsack with everything they need for school the next day—refer to the family command centre calendar to know what’s needed. This step will help eliminate forgotten library books, signed notes, and running shoes. 

If you love back-to-school shopping as much as we do, you’ll love this fun giveaway! Our friends at Staples and Raincoast Books are gifting one lucky Teachers on Call fan a back-to-school prize pack.

Staples is gifting the winner a $100 Staples gift card and select school supplies. 

Raincoast Books is gifting the winner six books! Once Upon a Chef, The Truth About My Unbelievable School, What Can a Citizen Do?, The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully Bully Shark, Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules, and Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if you want to Survive the Cafeteria

Entering is simple. You can win the Staples and Raincoast Books prize pack by entering below! We’ll announce the winner on August 27th.

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Contest is open to Ontario residents only.

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Spring STEM Ideas

Spring STEM Ideas

STEM is becoming a very popular buzz word in education and you may be hearing a lot about it.  So what is STEM and how can it benefit your child?

It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Exposure to STEM subjects can help students develop important problem solving and critical thinking skills from a young age, and prepare them for school and future careers.

Here are five suggestions to help students get excited from our math and science tutors:

STEM Experiments

Students can try a series of STEM based projects from making their own slime at home to conducting science experiments. If you are looking for a guide check out  Try This! 50 Fun & Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You.

Books

Visit your local library or bookstore to pick out books with STEM content for students of all ages. There is no shortage of books to choose from starting with picture books to older content. Looking for inspiration? A few of our favourites include Charlotte the Scientist is Squished and  Innovation Nation.

Extracurricular Activities

Encourage your child to look into STEM based clubs, extracurricular activities, and after school programming. Tap into STEM related interests like coding and robotics.

STEM Role Models

Know someone in a STEM-related job? Invite them over for coffee or dinner and let your child learn and pick their brain about what they do.

Educational Field Trips

Extracurricular trips are a great opportunity to expose students to new learning experiences. Visit your local science centre, museum or aquarium for some enriching adventures outside of the classroom.

Looking for additional STEM inspiration? Feel free to check out our website and social media for more ideas.

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Spring – Fun & Educational Activities

Spring Educational Activities

With the weather getting warmer and the days longer, spring is a wonderful time to get outside and incorporate nature into education.

If you are planning to plant flowers & herbs and watch the leaves bloom, there are plenty of educational moments to take advantage of.

Here are some of our favourites:

English:

Use a journal or diary to track how the flowers, plants and trees are blooming and write daily about how rain, sun, insects are affecting their growth.  At the end of the spring look back at the diary to see what made the garden, plants or trees grow successfully for next year.

Math:

Use planting and gardening to learn about counting and how many seeds you need to plant.  As you plant the seeds, use this as an opportunity to learn measurement around the area of the garden and how you can space the seeds out.  If you don’t happen to have a garden, visit a park and a pick a favourite tree to count the leaves and try to measure it’s height and width.

Art:

Help make arts and crafts using springtime ideas such as flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables.  Some ideas could including painting, taking pictures and making paper shapes.

Science:

Grow your own plant or vegetables using seeds.  Learn about how and why it grows with light, water and other nutrients.

What are your favourite springtime educational activities?

 

 

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STEM Education Over March Break to Keep Learning Fun

With the March Break coming up fast, it’s time to start planning activities to keep your child engaged over the short break.

One of the best ways to pack some education into the spring break fun is to try STEM-related activities. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and focuses on combining these four areas into a powerful learning that connects to real-world experiences.

Our friends at Indigo make it easy to foster your child’s interest in STEM during March Break with blocks, books, and DIY activities that open up possibilities to budding inventors and engineers. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite choices, and Indigo is offering them all to one of our lucky readers!

LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox

With the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox kids can customize and build their own talking robot friend named Vernie. An extra neat feature is that Vernie responds to voice with facial expressions that directly correlate to it’s mood. The LEGO BOOST is a great way to encourage your children to participate in STEM, as they complete fun activities and code their own robot friend.

Ultimate Slime DIY Tutorials

Making slime is all the rage these days, and this book that includes over 100 Slime recipes, that don’t use Bora, won’t disappoint sticky-loving kids. Creating slime is an amazing STEM activity that allows children to explore chemical reactions, different properties and perform tests. The Ultimate Slime DIY Tutorials book offers so much fun for over the March Break.

Ada Twist, Scientist

This wonderful book is about the inquiring minds of children and is a direct celebration of STEM. Follow along as Ada Twist and classmates open the conversation about gender roles and bring a very welcome perspective into women and science.

Klutz: Make Your Own Bath Bombs

Kids can scientifically transform their bathtime by learning the science associated with creating the best fizz-including chemical reactions. Using different molds, children can mix together ingredients to create colourful bath bombs.

Gumball Machine: Build a Machine that Really Works

Little engineers with a sweet tooth will enjoy the freedom to create their own working gumball machine using easy-to-follow instructions that show kids how parts work together to create a machine.

Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects

This is the ultimate STEM book for kids, with over 40 fun design and STEM projects, from doodling and drafting to blueprints and building. Iggy Peck takes little readers on a fun adventure with a unique mix of art skills, science and technology to create some stable structures. This activity book will give children the chance to invent new gizmos, design dwellings, imagine a new cityscape and more.

We’ve partnered with Indigo for #KidsBreak this year, with an #IndigoKidsBreak prize pack to keep kids having fun while they are off school. Value approximately $325.


Entering is simple. You can win the Indigo prize package of all our favourite items  by entering below! Contest is open to people living in Ontario, and ends March 8th.

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5 STEM Websites for Kids (that are fun!)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an important area of focus in the classroom and at home.  One of the questions we often receive, is how do I engage my daughter or son in STEM?

Fortunately, several of our Math and Science tutors, have shared their 5 favourite and fun STEM websites for kids:

1) The Science of Winter Olympics: With the Winter Olympics around the corner, the NBC Learn team has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to prepare 16 videos about how Math and Science impact sports.   There is an opportunity to learn about gravity, friction, speed and the biology and chemistry of the human body.

2) Science Bob: This website covers everything about science, including research tips, experiments and a Q&A section for everything you were wondering about science.

3) Cool Math Games: Excite your younger kids with this fun and interactive website that covers all things math, including numbers, logic, skill and strategy.

4) National Geographic Kids: This website inspires young adventurers to explore the world through games, apps, maps and videos.

5) Brain Pop Jr: This site and it’s older version Brain Pop offers tons of educational videos and games in areas like math and science along with social studies, art and history.

 

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A Special Initiative for all Eco-Schools

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Does your child go to an Ontario eco-school? If so, this Superpower your School Contest is an initiative you’ll want to share with them.

Schools who make earth-friendly practices a priority will love the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of ten prizes of $20,000 worth of new technology from Staples Canada.

Earth Day Canada and Staples Canada have partnered together for eight years and during this time have awarded 80 eco-conscious schools technology to help nurture their love of the earth through learning.

How can a school win?

Keen eco-schoolers should work together to showcase a special environmental project their school community has been involved in or their overall eco-efforts. Certificates, data, photos, and results all help tell the story.

For inspiration on what to share, eco-champions should be sure to check out last year’s winners. There were common themes amongst the winners, such as solving a community or environmental issue and environmental activism. Some of the winning projects included: helping people grow their own food, awareness campaigns and media to address the changing environment, and student involvement in conservation practices.

Interested schools can enter the contest, here until January 31st.

How can a school start making positive environmental changes?

Start small and grow!

  • Create an in-school awareness campaign about school lunches
  • Start a boomerang lunch program
  • Plan to revive the school garden
  • Design a playground to have more natural space and make a plan to include these elements
  • Plan all school trips to be outdoor trips

Plus, read our list of four more ways to go green all year long.

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Five STEM Gifts Kids Will Love to Receive (and Parents Will Love to Give)

STEM Gifts

With the focus in schools today on science, technology, education and math (STEM), many modern toys are catering to this trend. After all, STEM gifts provide much more than entertainment. They offer opportunities for children to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Here are five educational gift suggestions that kids will love to unwrap:

1)  VTech Brilliant Creations Genius Junior Laptop

Adults will feel good about giving preschoolers their very first laptop. It promotes comfort with a device they see their families using from a young age, and gets children comfortable using the working cursor mouse before beginning school. This mini computer has 80 learning games and is bilingual.

2)   Tile

For a cool tech item, check out Tile, the personal item tracker. Many adults depend on it for locating their keys and other belongings. It’s also a great present for students of all ages and can be used to track backpacks, computer cases, and sports equipment – just to name a few items students don’t want to misplace.

3)   Instax Mini 9 Camera and Instax SP-2 Printer

The holiday time is about making memories with friends and family. Youngsters will like taking pictures on the spot and watching them develop. Families will also love the ability to print photographs immediately from their smartphone or tablet with this printer. There are so many creative options over the holiday season to use this gift. Create your own photo station at your next holiday party and give your guests their picture to take home.

4)  Learning Resources Gears!

Any building enthusiast will love the opportunity to expand their creativity and put their budding engineering skills to use with this motorized 121-piece gear set. It includes flashing lights and a power motor which introduces children to architecture and secures their knowledge of STEM concepts such as cause-and-effect.

5)  Treasure Chest of Wood

Perhaps you’ve heard of ‘loose parts’ learning experiences at your child’s school? This treasure chest is a perfect example as it’s full of a variety of wood shapes including dowels, spindles, blocks and petal-like shapes. Children will be inspired by the playful, open-ended possibilities that encourage problem-solving and lead them to natural explorations. Those with an artistic flair will be asking for paint and glue and turn this STEM activity into one which includes the arts (STEAM).

What would you add to the holiday shopping cart?

We’ve partnered with Staples Canada for a giveaway that’s just in time for the holidays!

You can win a Staples $100 gift card by entering below! The contest is open to people living in Ontario and ends December 19th.

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2015 Pan Am Games – Making Math and Science Fun

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Less than one week away until Toronto opens up the 2015 Pan Am Games!   With over 6,000 athletes from 41 nations expected to participate it should truly be a spectacular and memorable event for the city.

With the summer vacation now in full swing, students will get a chance to attend or watch many of the 36 events.   These events are not only incredibly action packed and competitive, but are also an opportunity for students to apply all their Math and Science school year learning to the everyday world of sports.

Below are a few examples of how Math and Science can be related to the Pan Am Games:

Running:  See how Usain Bolt uses his strength, stride and muscle coordination make him the fastest runner in the world.


Swimming:   The pool is a wonderful opportunity to learn numerous applications to Physics including: friction, density, force, inertia, buoyancy and momentum.

Gymnastics: See how Venezuela’s top gymnast breaks down the physics of gymnastics, including excellent applications to momentum, vertical velocity, energy, gravity, centrifugal and centripetal force.

Measuring Time:  Every millisecond makes a difference, especially at the 2015 Pan Am Games.  This requires a sophisticated time system built with cameras, lasers, computers and very accurate clocks.   Properly measuring time requires a combination of accuracy and precision, both excellent Math and Science lessons.

Nutrition: Athletes go through rigorous training and diets in order to compete at an elite level.   Managing their food intake for the specific events to ensure the have the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, has important applications for any Biology or Physical and Health Education student.

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Science and The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are an amazing time to step away from our day to day routine and support your country and favourite athletes.     Whether it is bobsled, skating, skiing or hockey, every sport provides a ton of excitement to watch the top athletes in the world compete.

But behind the scenes what math, physics, biology and chemistry goes into to the athlete’s success in training and excelling at their sports?

Fortunately, the Canadian and US Olympic broadcasters, CBC and NBC through their Science Says and NBC Learn programs have developed some fun and interesting videos to learn about the science of the Olympics.   We have noted our favourites below including the science topics they cover.

1) The Science of Stretching and Warming Up (Aerobic Capacity, Muscle memory, Energy)

2) Can Music Improve Athletic Performance? (Psychology, Brain functioning)

3) The Science of Skates (Friction, Heat)

4) Downhill Skiing and Gravity (Gravity, Force, Acceleration, Friction)

5) How do Competition Suits Work? (Aerodynamics, Friction, Wind resistance)

6) Science Friction: Curling (Friction, Momentum exchange)

7) Math and Sports (Motion, Velocity, Calculus, Arithmetic)

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