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January 2016 Newsletter
Robotics, Coding, and Aerospace

Brain Power and LOGICS are offering an exciting opportunity for fun and learning this March Break!

Brain Power is now offering an exciting full-day, week-long March Break experience in Robotics, Coding, and Aerospace.

Robot battles...Coding puzzles...Animatronics challenges...and so much more!
Get ready for the most future-forward March Break Earthside!

Grade 1-3 (AM - Power & Parts / PM - Travel Adventurer)
Grade 4-6 (AM - Robot Olympics / PM - Mechanical Mania)
Grade 7-9 (AM - Robot Sports / PM - Kinematic Builders)
See our website for more info:
Mechanics of Writing
Sign up for: Brain Power's Annual Math & Logic Olympiad
Coming on March 5th!  Prizes for Top Scores!
Brain Power at UNACTO Gala!

On January 19th, in recognition of our donation to the United Nations Association in Canada, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky attended the United Nations in Canada Toronto Region Branch (UNACTO) Gala!

The theme was "UN at 71 - 17 Goals," and the purpose was to celebrate the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals on its 71st anniversary:
As a reflection of Brain Power's commitment to the environment, Karine poses with Goal 13: Climate Action!
UTS Stage 2 - Preparation at Brain Power!
This month we had an amazing group of UTS candidates join us at Brain Power to prepare for Stage 2 interviews! 

Over five intense days, Brain Power instructors gave students excellent interview advice, guided them through practice interviews, and offered invaluable feedback. In addition, we had informative visits from former Brain Power students who were accepted to UTS in previous years, even some who went on to become UTS interviewers themselves!

Good luck to all of our wonderful UTS hopefuls!
LEFT: Students practice for UTS interviews
RIGHT: Students receive valuable advice from Ilya Krenyin, UTS alumni, UTS Stage 2 Interview Proctor, current U of T Engineering Student and Brain Power alumni
Brain Power took in a live CBC recording!
On January 25th, Brain Power's Public Speaking students attended a live taping of CBC Radio's hit satirical news show: This is That!  After the taping, students got to meet and talk with the hilarious and insightful hosts, Pat Kelley and Peter Oldring!

This is That is a satirical take on Canadian news programs straight from the source: the CBC itself! Every week its correspondents "report" on a variety of completely fabricated "current events," shining some very funny light on our national obsessions and our national media in the process.
LEFT: Brain Power students at the recording studio
RIGHT: Brain Power students talking with Pat Kelley and Peter Oldring
Special Guest Speaker:
Dave Silverberg
On January 18th, our Public Speaking class had the pleasure of hosting Dave Silverberg!

Dave Silverberg is the founder and artistic director of Toronto Poetry Project. He has performed poetry across Canada, including at a TEDx Talk event in Toronto, Vancouver Poetry Slam, and Saskatoon’s top poetry slam, “Tonight It’s Poetry.” He writes for BBC, Washington Post, Vice Magazine, NOW Magazine and other publications. His Toronto Poetry Slam events have been running for 10 years out of the Drake Hotel. His book of poetry, “Bags of Wires” was published in 2010 by LyricalMyricalPress, and he has a forthcoming book of science-fiction poetry from ChiZine Publications
Brain Power's FREE Book Club!
Brain Power's Book Club is FREE for all Brain Power Students!**

Our monthly events are hosted by Brain Power teachers and special guests. Students are encouraged to participate in order to foster a love of reading, analyzing, and discussing great literature. 

How it works:
Step 1) Check out our book list (in our newsletters and on our bulletin boards).

Step 2) Choose which month(s) you'd like to join us for our book club event. (If you are not sure of the age recommendation of a listed book, please inquire at the Brain Power office.)

Step 3) Sign up at the Brain Power office for the book club event dates you'd like to join. 

Step 4) Get your book from the library (or purchase it) and read it before the book club event date.

Step 5) Fall in love with reading and discussing amazing literature! 

** Participation in our book club discussions is always free, though their may be a fee for attending any extra events associated with the monthly reading and discussion (e.g. theatrical performances, films, etc.). That is why students (and parents) should sign up for book club meetings well in advance.
Join Us for Our Next BOOK CLUB!
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

February 26 @ 5:00 pm (for Ages 11+) 
(Room 3 at Brain Power)
Hosted by Karine and Tonya!
In the post-apocalyptic world of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids (1955), rural Labrador has become a dystopian fundamentalist society, ruled by those who believe that the events that set them back hundreds of years were the righteous punishment of God upon those "Old People." They beieve the only way to avoid another such "Tribulation" is to prevent any genetic "abnormalities" through enforced eugenics and banishment.

But David and others like him have a secret: they can read minds. While this ability could be viewed as a great gift, it makes them "abnormalities" in the eyes of the law.  With the help of David's uncle they hide their secret ... but they know that one day they will be forced to escape if they want to survive.
Brain Power Book Club Goes
"Around the World" in One Afternoon!
On January 28th Brain Power's Book club had a great time talking about Jules Verne's adventure classic Around the World in 80 Days (1873).

We made the classroom into a virtual world tour with stations representing Phileas Fogg's stops on his amazing trip around the world in 80 days, and book club members travelled from station to station recreating his whole journey in one amazing afternoon at Brain Power! 
Alumni of the Month:
Stacy Gaikovaia
A former Brain Power student and one-time summer employee, Stacy is currently a Nanotechnology Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.

When she isn't studying what goes into the making of very tiny machines, Stacy likes growing tomatoes, reading about physics, and indulging in some relaxing rock climbing and archery!

When we asked her about Brain Power, Stacy said: "Brain Power was very rewarding because it exposed me to really cool ideas about the world that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me (like existentialism, for instance)."

Canvas Tips!
The new Canvas mobile apps are great way to quickly check in to see if your students are submitting their homework. However, the mobile apps do not display the teacher's feedback on assignments, only the student grades. For the best Canvas experience, Brain Power recommends using the desktop version with your web browser, which will allow you to see all the teacher's feedback to the student. For additional Canvas help, email or check out our canvas page for more info.
Essay Competition for High-School Students!  
Alice Munro Festival - Short Story Competition

We are here to help our students with their submissions. See your teacher(s) for assistance.


The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is an annual three-day festival that features workshops, readings, onstage presentations, and community events that celebrate emerging writers and short fiction. 

The Festival takes place where Alice Munro grew up, in Huron County, Ontario, Canada from June 1-4, 2017. For more information about the Festival visit us at and find us on Facebook. 

The Short Story competition, now in its 13th year, is an opportunity for writers to explore the short story, a literary art form made popular by 2013 Nobel laureate Alice Munro. 

 Adults $1,500 FIRST PRIZE - 2 additional prizes of $250 each

 Youth $500 FIRST PRIZE -   2 additional prizes of $250 each

The winning entry will be the Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction, written by an author not yet published in book format.  Winners will be announced at the 2017 festival with simultaneous social and print media release.

NOTE FOR BRAIN POWER STUDENTS: One of our students (now an alumni), Michal Krasovitski, won First Prize in 2015!
Click here to read her winning story: 

DEADLINE      April 1, 2017

For information on eligibility, fees, and submissions, visit:

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