This week, the grade 12 AP physics and grade 11 astronomy students took a tour of University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Students attended lectures by various professors on current developments and innovations concerning aircraft design, nano- and micro-satellites, fusion energy and systems modelling.
Many TOPS students pursue their interest in the maths outside of the academic curriculum by competing in various math contests throughout the year. This week, students from all grades tackled the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge: a long answer contest written in order to qualify for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad.
Many TOPS students are avid chess players and spend their Friday lunches playing the game in the chess club. Club members can also apply to join the chess team and play competitively. The chess team consistently plays well in tournaments, with the junior team placing first in their competition last year.
TOPS students are exposed to many opportunities, including talks from professionals in the field. This week, SciTalk, a club committed to exploring science fields students may pursue in the future, invited TOPS alumna Sophia Glisch to talk about her academic and business experiences. The club plans to invite more speakers and host more workshops throughout the year.