Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Go Back to School in Style

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Green School Mini Tote

Green School Mini Tote

1) Green school™ (www.green-school.ca) – I use a lot of their products, but my favourite is the one that helps me deal with the ridiculous number of forms sent home from school. Permission forms have to be returned for class trips, and I’m always sending in money for these, pizza days, milk and fundraising. I use the green school™ mini tote to ensure money and forms return to school safely and don’t get lost in the bottom of the knapsack black hole.

2) Ready Set Go! Board (www.tellychicago.com) – As a big fan of setting kids up for independence, I use the Ready Set Go! Board with my little ones so they can manage their morning routines. The picture icons are perfect for pre-readers and children feel pretty darn good about themselves when they have big kid responsibilities.

3) Water Bottle – I don’t send juice to school, so my kiddos always have a water bottle on hand. If you like your kids drinking filtered water, the Brita® Bottle for Kids is a squeezable, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink it, making it convenient for little ones to enjoy great-tasting tap water at school, camp and on the go.

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Sheridan College Presents Winning App

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

The Fantastic Four; Jason, YeeTan, Leena & Chau

Sheridan College students will help to enrich the fan experience at TORONTO 2015 with a winning App.

$10,000 was awarded by Cisco Canada to the winners of the President’s Innovation Challenge for an innovative Pan-Ambassadors application. Cisco Canada, in conjunction with Sheridan College, Fuse Marketing and Soft Gravity, would like to congratulate the winners of the President’s Innovation Challenge.

Chau Le, Yee Ting Lee, Leena Salem and Jason Smith were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for devising an innovative application to be used during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (TORONTO 2015) to enhance the fan experience and bridge rich connections between visitors, residents and businesses.

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First Lego League Tournament Starts Tomorrow

Friday, November 29th, 2013


FIRST Lego League (FLL) Introduces younger students (9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary and middle-school students get to Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology Apply real-world math and science concepts
Research challenges facing today’s scientists Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills FIRST Lego League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.

Each Challenge has two parts: the Robot Game and the Project. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified Project). Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament.

Date: Saturday November 30, 2013 Opening ceremonies 10:15am, until 5pm

Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville

The teams spend 8-10 weeks from September – December preparing their robots and researching for their projects. They will prepare for a 2.5 minute robot challenge where they will try to acquire up to the maximum points on a set challenge mat that every team in the world prepares with. They will also take their science research and prepare a 5 minute presentation to share their solution to a world problem. At competition, children have 3 judging sessions: robot, project and core values. They will also have 3 qualifying runs on the robot table.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. This years challenge involves identifying a community that may be affected by a natural disaster and learning about the disaster itself and the problems it may cause to find a solution that would help people to BE PREPARED, BE SAFE, REBUILD.

By designing the Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Sheridan Unveils New Visual Identity

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Sheridan College has embarked on a journey to become a university dedicated to undergraduate, professional education.  Its bold vision is informed by the belief that, in an economy and society driven by innovation and change, creativity is the leading skill that tomorrow’s graduates will need to adapt and thrive in a future that they will build and inform.

On Friday, the college unveiled a new visual identity that reflects this vision, as well the following words which capture Sheridan’s unique character:  curious, purposeful, smart, gutsy, inspired and real.  Our brand makeover is reflected in the new Sheridan website, which has been launched:  www.sheridancollege.ca. To learn more about the new brand, visit http://ourbrand.sheridancollege.ca.

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E-Bots Robotics Open House This Weekend

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

This Sunday, November 10th from 10am-12pm, E-Bots Robotics will be hosting their yearly open house for the public to visit and see what they are all about.

On display will be this year’s competitive teams for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), “Nature’s Fury” challenge. FLL is an international competition that involves over 20,000 children, aged 9-14, in over 30 countries around the world. The children compete in 3 areas: robot, research project and teamwork. E-Bots has competed in this competition for 6 years, with 19 teams, and actually earned Canada its first FLL World Champion title, 2 years ago in St. Louis.

You will have an opportunity to see this year’s teams robots and research projects which are being prepared for regional competitions the end of November. Interact with them, ask them questions and maybe learn something new! The teams are the Fireflies, the Boisterous BEEP’ers, the Tornado CATS, and the KIN-nects. What do these names signify? Come and find out….

Also don’t miss the E-Bots PiLons. They came home a year ago as VEX Robotics World Champions in Programming Skills and then outdid themselves this past April with not only the same trophy, two years in a row, but with the highest award you can get at the World competition, the Excellence trophy!

They are an outstanding group of high school students and a wonderful example for many.

E-Bots is located at 220 Wyecroft Rd. unit 101, Oakville. Beside Timmie’s!