Thursday, November 8, 2012

Catalyst Conference at Western!

The University of Waterloo is hosting the 3rd annual Catalyst Grade 11 Women’s Conference.

From May 3rd to May 5th 2013, attendees will experience what it means to be an engineer and what it is like to be a student at Waterloo. By participating in a number of hands-on workshops, meet and greets with female students in engineering, competing in a design competition and experiencing life in residence they will build a better understanding of the profession of engineering and post-secondary education.

One of the 2011 students described their experience as follows:

“Catalyst gave me a great experience last year. I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at dorm life and I learned a lot about engineering. Even though I planned on going into engineering Catalyst helped me to stop second guessing myself about my future.”

The registration fee for this event is $100 and includes meals, some snacks and residence accommodations. All students are responsible for their own travel to Waterloo. If this fee is a barrier bursaries are available. Interested students are asked to submit an application which can be found on the website below.
More information about this event can be found here.
Please pass this opportunity along to your students. A downloadable poster is available to hang in your school and I am happy to send you high quality printed copies. Just let me know via email how many you would like and the mailing address we should use.
Mara Fontana
Women in Engineering Program Coordinator

Engineering Outreach
200 University Avenue. W.
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
Tel: 519 888 4567 x38880
Fax: 519 885 0533

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Enrichment Newsletter - November



For further information on all of the items listed below, please see Ms. Patterson ( rm 214



·         Math  and Computer Contests

Canadian Senior and Intermediate math Contests – gr. 9, 10, 11 and 12

November 20 - $10 due November 6, 2012

Math @ Mac – gr. 9, 10, 11 and 12

November 28free – Register by November 22, 2012

DWITE Computer Programming Contest – gr. 10, 11 and 12

October 24 + additional  dates at 3:15 pm in lab 228


·         SHAD Valley

For the summer between Grade 11 and 12

Information at lunch November 9th Room 213

Application DEADLINE is December 5, 2012 and will be ONLINE!


·         Advanced Placement Exam Prep

Information meeting Friday November 16th in room 213

Exams run from May 6 – May 17th 2013.

Cost = $89.00 U.S.


·         Student Achievement Awards

OSSTF Contest: “Dis(obedience) Stand by or Stand up”

Check out the options for media and art!!!!

Deadline – info must be submitted to Ms. Patterson by November 19th!


·         House of Commons /Senate Page Programs           

Deadlines: December 20th/December 3rd  Respectively.

You must be graduating this year and planning to attend a University in the Ottawa area (Carleton, Ottawa, St. Paul’s, etc)


·         Encounters with Canada

Get an application code from Ms. Patterson to register ONLINE

A week in Ottawa at the Terry Fox Centre with students from all over Canada.

An opportunity to study one of eleven subthemes:

Arts and culture                                               Medicine and Health

Business and Entrepreneurship                        Sports and Fitness

Canada Remembers                             Law

International Affairs                            Science and Technology

Journalism and Communications         Social Sciences

Royal Canadian Mounted Police




·         Waterloo Unlimited

Grade 11 program, March 2013

Design theme           March 10th - 15th , 2013

5 day program: dates may coincide with some school boards' March Break.

(Out-of-town arrivals: Sunday evening)

Application deadline: December 14, 2012

Cost: Program fee: $450

Supervised overnight shared hotel accommodation: $300

Grade 10 program, May 2013

The theme of "Change"       May 12th - 16th, 2013

Application deadline: March 1, 2013

Cost: Program fee: $450

Supervised overnight shared residence accommodation: $120


May 5 – 10 2013

Registration takes place in February 2013

Details of courses will be available after Dec. 1, 2011


·         Write for the Oakville Beaver!

Students can write articles for Tom Dykes column in the Beaver

            See Ms. Patterson or Ms. Stecca for details


·         FORUM for Young Canadians

Spend one of the following weeks on Parliament Hill:

Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2013/ Mar 17 – 22, 2013/ Mar 24 – Mar 29, 2013

Focus in on National Politics and Public Affairs.



·         Exploravision    

Toshiba Sponsored Technology and Science Competition

See Mr. Warner for details


·         Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

See Mrs. Hills (workroom 226) or Ms. Omeri (room 212) for information


·         Live Different  Hero Holidays

Trips available from December through August

YOU can make a difference!


·         MEI

Motivate, Experience, Inspire (MEI)

The world is your classroom.  International studies available