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.
The grade 11 chemistry class learned about limiting reagents by comparing chemical products to banana splits. By observing how the products of a reaction are limited by the reagent that runs out first (like the bananas), students made their way through challenging chemistry problems—and of course, a perfectly balanced banana split.
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.