The grade 11 physics class conducted a lab on constant acceleration for their kinematics unit. Groups of four utilized ticker timers to record the time it took for a cart to run down a tilted runway. Students applied this data to calculate velocity and acceleration, in addition to analyzing the results and relationships between variables.
A number of TOPS students from each grade wrote the Canadian Computing Competition. Divided into either a junior or senior division based on difficulty, students had a three-hour window to attempt to solve five different programming questions. Successful contestants will be able to move on to the Canadian Computing Olympiad in May.
The grade 11 English class watched a series of TED talks investigating how different types of art and ideas are approached. By annotating transcripts and holding class discussions, they distilled down the main ideas for further analysis. One talk about classical music will be the focal point for further inquiry into the power of music.
The grade 11 TOPS students revisited YMCA Camp Pine Crest where they were able to relax after a demanding first semester of calculus, chemistry, and other courses. There, students participated in many winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and quinzhee building. The students had a great experience and are now ready to take on the second semester.