Monday, November 27, 2017

Robotics Anyone???

If you know of anyone interested in robotics, then check out these two organizations.  


Black History Month student essay contest

The Royal Bank of Canada is accepting submissions for its 2018 RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition.
The contest is open to Grade 12 students who are applying to post-secondary schools for the 2018-19 academic year.
Students are being asked to share their thoughts on how black Canadians have helped to define the country’s diverse heritage and identity through their achievements and contributions to society.
Celebrating the past, present and future contributions of black Canadians, the competition, now in its ninth year, has grown from a grassroots endeavor to a national scholarship competition.
Essays should be 750 words or less and must be submitted by Dec. 1.
There are 30 available scholarships including three top prizes — of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500.
The competition will be judged by a jury of members from across Canada. The winners will be announced Feb. 9, 2018, during Black History Month.
Details can be found at

McGill Unviersity's Summer Academy

We are happy to announce next summer's McGill Summer Academy for high school students currently in grades 10 and 11.

Unfolding over two weeks of classes, workshops, activities, and trips in and around Montreal, this experience will introduce your students to university life and is sure to make their summer memorable!

Mark your calendars: next year's Summer Academy will be from July 15-28, 2018!

Registration will open on February 7, 2018.

Please find out more on our website.

If you or any of your students have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to email us.


The McGill Summer Academy Team
Enrolment Services
McGill University

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ridge Hacks

Ridge Hacks II

Local Hack Day @ Iroquois Ridge High School

Saturday December 2nd, 2017

9am to 9pm

Register Now

Forum for Young Canadians

The Forum for Young Canadians is Canada's civic education program for students aged 15-19 years old.  Forum brings over 100 students per week to Ottawa for an intensive academic adventure immersing them in the exciting world of national politics and public affairs.  

 Attend a Reception with Members of Parliament 
 Enjoy breakfast at the Senate with Senators 
 Forge new friendships with other young Canadians from across the country 
 Take part in International Trade, Federal Budget and National Election simulations 

    These include:
    • Attend a Cabinet Simulation where each participant becomes a Cabinet Minister and must defend their ministry’s point of view when discussing a topic.
    • Be a part of exciting simulations over the course of the week to understand how change happens.

    • Be a part of a World Trade Simulation.
    • Attend a Provincial-Federal Conference Simulation.
    The simulations are constantly being updated and may be different during your session.
MARCH 18 TO 23

So if you're a young leader, or an aspiring leader, this might be the program for you to sign up for!!

Here is the LINK

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hi Skule STEM Competition

Hi-Skule is back with our 10th annual University of Toronto High School Design Competition. Our vision is to inspire young adults to pursue careers and opportunities in the STEM fields. High school students get an opportunity to learn about the engineering design process by solving an engineering issue. Students will have the chance to work in teams to solve the problem.

Hi-Skule’s UTHSDC will take place on Sunday, November 26 in the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4, from 9 am - 4:45 pm. Students are required to purchase a ticket of $15.00 that will go towards the purchase of snacks and activities for the event. This event is welcome to all current high school students. Students are encouraged to form teams of 3 to 5 for the competition. If you are signing up individually, we will help you find a team for the competition.

To sign up for the event, please visit Participating students must also complete the google form to sign up for teams. Only one member from each team needs to fill out the form. If you are signing up inidividually, please fill out the form for yourself. Team Sign up form:

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email the HI-Skule team at

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Silicon Halton TU20 Cup 2017/2018

Work with a team and the help of a mentor over 2 months to innovate a solution to the yearly theme: How can we make education better with technology?

LINK to Tech Under Twenty website

Key Steps

1)  Sign up on Eventbrite
2) After signing up, register your team using our team registration form
3) Get matched with a Mentor
4) Work with your team and mentor to build a prototype and business plan
5) Attend in person and online workshops
6) Create a 5 minute pitch and business plan to sell your vision
7) Present on March 3rd 2018 to a panel of judges
8) Enjoy the event, meet your peers, learn about companies in the smart city space and enjoy the pitches!

Advanced Placement Exams

Writing an Advanced Placement Exam is an enrichment opportunity for ALL studentsTaking an AP Exam allows high school students to learn a subject in greater depth than a high school level course. There are 36 courses to choose from in 9 subject areas. 

See for course list.

Students who write and receive scores of 4 or 5 (A or A+) can receive credit at many universities in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

Express your interest today!  GOOGLE FORM

Deadline to send payment and signed contract is December 7, 2017 CONTRACT

Bring to either Mr Pearce (period 2 room 101 or otherwise workroom 214) or
​Ms Boutilier (period 1 room 101 or otherwise workroom 208).

Friday, November 3, 2017

Climate Change Student Video Contest.

Calling all aspiring student videographers and filmmakers.  We want your creativity, your inspiration, and your video-making skills to spread the word about climate change and its impact on our world. Help inspire others to live sustainably and win great prizes!

It is with great pleasure that I announce a new student video filmmaker contest -  Focus ! Climate Change Student Video Contest.

The contest invites students (individually or in teams of up to 5 members) to use their imagination and video-making skills to make a short film (maximum 5 minutes) about climate change. Full details are available on our website at: .

Fantastic prizes can be won ($5,000 for 1st prize, 3 honourable mentions each at $2,500) as well as a public screening of the winning films.  Each school of the winning entry will also be awarded $2,500 towards art, science or library acquisitions.

The deadline for video entries is 4.30pm BST March 15, 2018