Thursday, January 18, 2018

Optimist Clubs of Halton Scholarship Opportunities

Grade 12s! Opportunity to win post-secondary scholarships: 
The topic for our Essay Contest this year is “Can Society Function Without Respect?”  Each student who is under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 who submits a 700-800 word essay to one of our clubs is eligible to win the club award and will then be entered into the District competition to win a $2500 scholarship. 

The topic for our Oratorical Contest this year is “Where are my Roots of Optimism”.  This contest is gives the students, under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017  the opportunity to win up to $22,500 in scholarships if they advance to the World Oratorical Championship.

Optimist Club of Oakville contact Vicki; 
Essay contest deadline Jan 31, 2018 
Oratorical contest Deadline March 23, 2018

Optimist Club of Milton contact Keith, 
Essay contest deadline Feb 14, 2018 
Oratorical contest deadline March 23, 2018

Optimist Club of Burlington contact Denise, 
Essay contest deadline Jan 31, 2018 
Oratorical contest deadline March 23, 2018

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Good luck to all our Grade 12s in their post-secondary plans.
Here is a link for scholarships.

Monday, January 15, 2018

15th Annual Brain Bee Competition

2018 McMaster Brain Bee Competition

Mark this date on your calendar: Tuesday April 10, 2018

More details to follow.

High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete at the local brain bee.  Students demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, and more. Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume — not to mention the possibility of winning prizes and fame!
In 2017 all the questions came from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
There are other resources that you might find useful and inspiring!
For example: Brain Facts and the Brain Facts Book

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Think about Math! Workshop for Young Women

Think About Math! (TAM) is designed to ignite enthusiasm in high school girls for mathematics. It is a workshop demonstrating that math is fun, relevant, and leads to exciting careers.
TAM participants will learn about the lifestyles and career paths of women who have graduated with a degree in mathematics. Girls will also participate in interactive labs and hands-on activities. We will explore the mathematics behind topics like computability, security and digital photo applications like SnapChat. All sessions will be led by University of Waterloo faculty members and professional businesswomen and businessmen.

Intended Audience

Young women in grade 9 or 10 who are interested in learning about opportunities in mathematics.

Dates and Location

Successful candidates will be invited to attend one of the following one-day workshops.
  • Saturday April 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Toronto Prep School, 250 Davisville Ave., Toronto
  • Friday April 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Davis Centre, University of Waterloo
  • Saturday May 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Vancouver


Grade 11 Girls Engineering Conference

Are you a grade 11 girl who is curious about engineering? Want to see what university is like? Come to the University of Waterloo for an overnight girls conference in May!

This year's conference will be held April 27th to 29th, 2018. Spots are limited to 50 female students, so make sure you get your application in early for 2018!

Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women

The CEMC Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women exists to encourage young women, and people of other under-represented genders,* who are considering computer science as a career for the first time. It is a unique opportunity designed to ignite enthusiasm for computer science in interested students from across Canada who have had little or no previous exposure to computer science. Attendees learn that computer science is about much more than using and programming computers.

Intended Audience

We welcome applicants who are female or another gender identity under-represented in computer science*. Applicants must be in grade 9 and 10, have an interest in mathematics, and currently attend a Canadian high school or middle school. Participants should not have attended any similiar workshop.

Dates and Location

Saturday, May 12 to Saturday May 19, 2018 at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.


There is a $150 registration fee, including applicable taxes, to be paid after invited applicants have received their confirmation package.
  • Accommodations, meals and other expenses for the week are included at no extra cost.
LINK to more information

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Toronto Star’s 40th annual short story contest is open for submissions

This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.

The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.

The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.

Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.


Good Luck!!