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January 2018
Brain Power Participates in York Region FIRST
Robotics Canada LEGO League Tournament
Brain Power participated in the York Region FIRST Robotics Canada LEGO League Tournament at Markham District High School (MDHS) on December 9th! Student teams competed for an opportunity to go to the Provincial tournament in January, and Team Komet scored the highest points at Robotics and won first place. 

Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
Brain Power Student Spotlight:
Diviya Leonard

Check out the accomplishments of 16-year-old public-speaking student, Diviya Leonard! 

● Created social justice blog ( viewed in over 90 countries (2013-present)
● Featured in Toronto Star article “Toronto women on the future of feminism” profiling female activists (2017)
● Job shadowed Federal Member of Parliament (Rachel Harder) for a day during Girls Belong Here initiative, leading meetings with senior Federal MPs and attending Question Period (2016)
● Rang opening bell at Toronto Stock Exchange and spoke on panel with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau (2016) 
● Participated in media interviews with CTV and Global News on International Day of the Girl (2016)
● Featured on cover of Owl Magazine Issue on Social Activists (2016)

Featured in Canadian Race Relations 150 Stories campaign to celebrate remarkable Canadians (2016)
● York Region Celebrating Student Success Award (2014)

University Plans:
A career in Human Rights Law (of course!)

Diviya's thoughts on Brain Power:

"I have really enjoyed taking part in Karine's Brain Power Public Speaking course as it has helped me to gain leadership skills, learn new speaking techniques, and participate in engaging activities. It has enabled me to improve my confidence, and that, in turn, has helped me when giving speeches and presentations at school, in my community, nationally, and internationally. I am looking forward to continuing to develop these skills through Brain Power courses, and I can’t wait for what’s next!"

Want to see her in action? Hear Diviya's recent speech at a Plan Canada event for corporate donors. She had the opportunity to speak about her involvement with Plan Canada and her ideas for the future

Diviya's Speech at Plan Canada!
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Math & Logic Olympiad!
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Alumni of the Month
Boris Kyrychenko


Studying Political Science/International Relations at the University of Toronto
Thoughts on Brain Power:
Brain Power taught me a plethora of different subjects and ideas, including incredible grammar skills, but the most important thing I took away is to question everything - no idea, concept, or authority should stay safe from criticism.

Being at Brain Power has certainly shaped my view of the world, and has made me who I am today.

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Ivy League Opportunities
for High-School Students!
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"The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue."

"Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and to talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events."

Prime Minister's Youth Council - Main Page:

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Brain Power supports clean, green electricity
with Bullfrog Power®
At Brain Power, we recognize the importance of addressing our environmental impact. We are excited to announce we’re taking a big step to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of our business by choosing 100% green electricity for our company with Bullfrog Power.

“Brain Power has made the environment an essential part of our commitment to sustainability,” said Karine Rashkovsky, Founder and Director, Brain Power Enrichment. “That is why we are proud to be partnering with Bullfrog Power to support clean, renewable electricity for our business location."

Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities, with at least 50% sourced directly from this region. Bullfrog ensures the electricity going onto the grid on our behalf is from green sources, displacing energy from polluting sources.

As Bullfrog Power uses its customers’ support to provide funding to new green energy projects, our green energy purchase is also helping provide critical financial support to new renewable energy projects in our region and across Canada. Learn more about Bullfrog’s support for community-based green energy projects by visiting

We are proud to be choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power!

To learn more about Bullfrog Power, visit their website at
Math Homework at Brain Power:
A Recipe for Academic Growth
  • We believe in encouraging children to develop a “growth mindset” that views challenges as “energizing rather than intimidating” because “they offer opportunities to learn” (Dweck 2015).
  • This requires that students are challenged, and that means getting stuck on certain questions, getting certain questions incorrect, and returning to rethink certain questions more than once.
  • This is why we deliberately split our homework questions between those that:
    • Give students an opportunity to reiterate and reinforce skills and techniques that they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
    • Challenge students to use their creative thinking to tackle problems that go a bit beyond what they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
  • If students get a homework question incorrect, they should reattempt (but not resubmit) it before the next class. (Parents should not feel obligated to “step in” to explain the problem to their child.)
  • In the next class, the instructor will review all of the homework questions, taking extra time to explain those that students found particularly challenging.
  • Not only does this approach encourage children’s academic growth, but it also bolsters their self-reliance, resilience, creativity, and flexibility in the face of intellectual challenges.
More information on developing a "growth mindset" in children:

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Scientific American. (Jan. 1, 2015).
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
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