Brain Power Wins
ClimateWise Business Network's Passion Into Practice Award - 2018!
Karine (second from right) and some of this year's other winners, including representatives from Miele, Meridian Credit Union, Regional Municipality of York, Enbridge, Holy Trinity Church of Thornhill, Treefrog, City of Vaughan, and Arla Foods
We recently posted about Brain Power winning the Passion into Practice award for York Region's ClimateWise Business Network - Evening of Recognition 2018. This award is given to an organization that has demonstrated a holistic and integrated approach to embedding sustainability throughout their daily operations. They have also encouraged sustainable practices to their partners and clients. Brain Power is so honoured to have received this award!
We proudly display the Passion into Practice award (pictured above left) in our conference room. The awards themselves deserve some attention! The wood for the awards was sustainably harvested from Sheppard's Bush (a 62 acre local conservation area) and created and crafted by a local millwright. Wow!
Brain Power is thrilled to share some university entrance success stories from students who attended our University Preparation workshop this past fall!
David Firer was accepted to Western (Medical Sciences - $10,000 scholarship), the University of Toronto (Life Sciences - $7,500), Queen’s (BSc), and McGill (Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences - $3,000 scholarship, renewable for 4 years). David will be attending McGill for Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences.
Andrew Zhao was accepted to the University of Toronto (Computer Engineering; Computer Science - $3,000 scholarship), Waterloo (Systems Design Engineering Co-op - $2,000 scholarship; Computer Science Co-op - $10,000 scholarship; Computing and Financial Management - $2,000 scholarship), McMaster (Computer Engineering $3,000 scholarship; Computer Science - $3,000 scholarship), Queens (Computer Science - $2,000 scholarship), Western (Computer Science - $2,000 scholarship). Andrew will be attending the University of Toronto for Computer Engineering.
Natalie Nova was accepted into Queen’s (BA; BSc; Computing - $6,000 scholarship), Western (BSc - $10,000 scholarship), McMaster (Life Science - $2,500), Wilfrid Laurier ($3,000 scholarship), and the University of Toronto (Life Science). Natalie will be attending Queen’s for Computing (with a specialization in cognitive science).
Caroline Cui was accepted to Western (Medical Sciences), the University of Toronto (TrackOne Engineering - $5,000 scholarship), McGill (Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences - $3,000 scholarship; Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Science), and the University of British Columbia (BSc). Caroline will be attending Western for Medical Sciences.
Viviana Santa was accepted into Guelph (Business), Carleton (Business), Ottawa (Business), University of Toronto (Business), and Western BMOS Ivey (Business). Viviana will be attending Western BMOS Ivey.
Jeffrey Wong was accepted to Western (Computer Science), the University of Toronto (Computer Science), York (Computer Science), the University of Ottawa (Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science), Carleton (Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science), Windsor (Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science), and Ryerson (Chemical Engineering). He will be attending Western for Computer Science.
Jessica Li was accepted to McGill (Biology, Biomedical and Life Sciences), Western (Medical Science and General Science), McMaster (Life Science), and Queen’s (Life Science). She will be attending McGill for Biology, Biomedical, and Life Sciences.
Kaveeshan Thurairajah was accepted to the University of Toronto (Engineering Science), Waterloo (Mechanical Engineering), McGill (Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Queen’s (Engineering), Ryerson (Aerospace), and Western (Engineering; Ivey Business). Kaveeshan will be attending Waterloo for Mechanical Engineering.
Maria Gaevaya will be attending York for Global Health and Health Studies.
Ally Zhao Wins $5,000 Scholarship to Students on Ice - 2018!
In April, we announced that our amazing student Ally Zhao was selected for the prestigious Arctic Expedition - Students on Ice for 2018! Not only will Ally be one out of only 120 high school and university students chosen from around the world, but she has now won a $5000 scholarship towards this opportunity!
Ally has attributed her success to the support and assistance she received at Brain Power and from our director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky: "I honestly have a hard time believing this is real! I could not have done this without you! Thank you so much!"
Victor Banica Wins Gold and Bronze in National Math Competitions!
Recent winner of the Brain Power Math Olympiad (Grades 5-6) Victor Banica won the Gold Medal in the Mathematica contest, a nation-wide math competition with 19,840 participants at the Grade 6 (Pythagoras) level.
Victor was one of 90 students with perfect scores! He also won the National Bronze medal at Math Kangaroo, a nation-wide math contest organized by University of Toronto.
CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR SUCCESSES, VICTOR!
Kevin Qu Places Second in Public Speaking Competition!
On May 5, our talented Public Speaking student Kevin Qu competed in a provincial Public Speaking competition hosted by the Fonthill Lions Club!
To make it to this round of the competition, Kevin started in the Town of Newmarket and got third place.
He then went on to the North York Region competition under Multiple District A-16. He placed second, landing him a spot in the finals (the provincials) in St. Catharines!
We are so proud of you, Kevin! Way to go!
Mark Raspopov Wins National Gold Medal and Regional Second Place at Math Kangaroo!
Brain Power student Mark Raspopov (Foundations Math) just won a National Gold Medal and GTA Regional Second Place for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest at the University of Toronto!
WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU!
Brain Power Public Speaking Students Make Annual Trip to a Professional Recording Studio!
On June 3rd and 6th, Karine took Brain Power's Public Speaking students to a professional recording studio in Toronto to record their end-of-year final projects: self-made podcasts. The students -- who have been practicing a range of presentation skills -- worked with a voice coach and sound engineer to perfect their final products.
The students had an amazing time and learned so much! Their recordings will be part of their course yearbook, which will showcase the impressive growth in their skills this year.
GREAT WORK, EVERYONE!
Registration Is Open! Summer 2018 and Fall-Winter 2018-2019
Registration for Summer 2018 and Fall-Winter 2018-19 has begun! Register soon! Spaces are limited!
NEW Public Speaking Workshops for Grades 6-8! 1x per week for 4 weeks: Wednesdays, Aug. 1 - 22
1x per week for 10 weeks: Sundays, Oct. 14 - Dec. 16 OR Mar. 3 - May 26
In these exciting workshops – led by a passionate instructor with a Ph.D in English from the University of Toronto and expertise in performance and oration (Dr. Dara Greaves, pictured left) – students will gain a thorough introduction to the art of public speaking. Providing an overview of the elements of oral presentation (e.g., tone of voice, body language, diction, rhetoric, and persuasion), the course will give students strategies for expressing themselves clearly, effectively, and convincingly.
Encouraging youth to articulate their ideas on a range of social issues, each session will critically analyze an influential speech. Students will also develop, workshop, and perform their own speeches in in class!
Throughout the workshops, students will:
- Cultivate their communication and persuasion skills through exercises that enhance their written and verbal expression.
- Learn techniques for building confidence, remaining calm in front of audiences, and warming up before speeches and debates.
- Engage in conversation and debate relating to important social issues.
- Analyze persuasive speeches.
- Benefit from the wisdom of guest speakers.
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Check Out Our New Summer Workshop! Science Research 101
NEW Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace Offerings for 2018-19!
Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace Engineering - Grades 3-5 (Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 pm)
1 hour per week, 24 weeks total
[This is in addition to our Robotics offerings on Saturdays for Grades 1-3 and 4-6, providing students with more options.]
Brain Power is pleased to announce the addition of another two sections of Robotics, Coding, and Aerospace for 2018-19! These condensed courses will be held for 1 hour per week for a total of 24 weeks (at a reduced price).
If you have any questions, contact our office at 905-303-5457.
Currently: Biomedical Sciences - U. of Guelph; future dentist and oral surgeon.
Thoughts on Brain Power: Beyond the mathematic, reading, and writing skill-sets I sharpened over my years at Brain Power, I am grateful for the transferable skills I was able to develop there, as well as the improvements to my problem solving and analytical thinking. I feel beyond privileged to have been able to spend so may wonderful years at Brainpower, and know the rewards and results will stick with me forever.
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CONTESTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Global Health Mini Masters (University of Toronto Schools - UTS)
Brain Power encourages its students to think about how they can make a change in our world (with our support of course). Sometimes we offer such opportunities in-house at Brain Power, and sometimes we let our students know about awesome opportunities in the GTA.
Right now, UTS (University of Toronto Schools) is offering a summer opportunity called Global Health Mini Masters for students in Grades 7 to 11 to learn more about how they can tackle the world’s most serious health issues.
What a fun opportunity for our students aged 8-12!
CBC's Canada's Smartest Person Junior is now casting!
"If you’re an ambitious and outgoing kid between the ages of 8 and 12, you’re invited to compete in television’s smartest series. Inspired by the Theory of Multiple Intelligence, Canada’s Smartest Person Junior will prove that being smart is about way more than trivia, math quizzes or being a straight-A student. Being smart comes in many forms.
Think you have what it takes to strut your smarts in front of the nation and have the most fun ever while doing it?"
"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."
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 bullfrogpower.com/greenenergy.
We are proud to be choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power!
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: