NEW SUMMER COURSES! We are offering FOUR new courses ths summer at Brain Power!
Check them out!
Critical Thinking and Writing Development through the Visual Arts
1x per week (Wednesdays) – Grades 6-8 and 9+
This exciting addition to Brain Power’s summer course lineup develops students’ written skills, critical thinking, and literacy by means of analyzing the role of visual art in societies, past and present. Students will think critically about a wide range of classic and modern visual art in an effort to understand its cultural, formal and historical importance. Designed for junior-high or high-school students, this advanced course will refine a variety of skills essential for academic success, such as analytical skills, as well as oral and written communication skills.
Math Level 0.5 (Level 1 Preparation)
1x per week (Wednesdays) for July only – Grades 4-6
This summer course is the perfect opportunity to either reinforce and extend the learning in Brain Power’s Foundations Math course to be better prepared for Level 1, or for new students – who plan on starting Level 1 in the fall – to maximize their skills in and knowledge of topics including, but not limited to the four operations (+ - × and ÷) with large integers and decimals, the order of operations (BEDMAS), a variety of problem solving strategies, solving mathematical word problems with multiple steps, and tackling logic problems and reading comprehension.
Math Level 1.5 (Level 2 Preparation)
2x per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for July only – Grades 5-7
This summer course is the perfect opportunity to either reinforce and extend the learning in Brain Power’s Level 1 Math course to be better prepared for Level 2, or for new students – who plan on starting Level 2 in the fall – to maximize their skills in and knowledge of topics including, but not limited to the four operations (+ - × and ÷) with decimals, the order of operations (BEDMAS), fractions and operations with fractions, percentage, learning a variety of problem solving strategies, solving mathematical word problems with multiple steps, tackling challenging logic problems and reading comprehension.
Math Olympiad Preparation
1x per week (Wednesdays) – Grades 5-7
Are you curious? Do you love solving math puzzles? Do you enjoy learning interesting real-life math facts and applications? Do you want to become famous in your school/province/country by winning math Olympiads and competitions? If so, Brain Power’s Math Olympiad Course is the place to train your brain! In this exciting and challenging class, students will engage with many fascinating and fun math, logic, and problem solving activities. In the process they will learn about many important mathematical principles and concepts...and, of course, they will gain new problem-solving skills they can use in both mathematical contests and in real life.
Each week-long (Mon. – Fri) Brain Power summertime robotics, coding, & aerospace program consists of TWO exciting LOGICS workshops that run from 9 AM to 4 PM (with supervised lunch from 12 – 1 PM)! See the schedule below for times, and then check out the list of workshop descriptions for more information!
Just a reminder to all Brain Power parents to park their vehicles in the service parking lot or underground parking for drop-offs.
Any cars left unattended or parked in the fire route are subject to a $150 fine and or towing according to Vaughan by-law 1-96
Vehicles entering the surface and underground before 7pm have two hours free parking and must get a ticket from the machines and any vehicles arriving after 7pm parking is free until closing.
Security will be enforcing these procedures to keep the fire route clear for emergency vehicles.
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An Evening with IRA GLASS! Join Brain Power for an enlightening evening with famous NPR broadcaster Ira Glass at Massey Hall!*
The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for the show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.
Ira Glass began his career in radio aged just 19 years as an intern for the NPR. This American Life came on air in 1995, and has run ever since with Glass at the helm as the show's host and executive producer.
* Students who intend to travel to the show with Karine (and other staff supervisors), please notify the office of your intent and meet at Finch Station at 6:30 pm on Saturday evening. Supervision will also be provided en route back to Finch Station after the show.
Brain Power's Annual Math & Logic Olympiad OUR WINNERS!
Award Ceremony: Sunday, April 23 from 7:00-8:00 PM @ Brain Power
Winning students (listed below) will find out what place they won
(1st, 2nd or 3rd) at the award ceremony,
where they will receive trophies and prizes!
GRADES 7 - 8
CONGRATULATIONS to Caroline Cui
on Becoming a Finalist in Speakers Idol 2017!
Congratulations to our public speaking student, Caroline Cui, for making it to the finals of the prestigious 2017 Speaker's Idol (provincial) competition!
She will compete in the finals at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on the 29th of March.
Three other Brain Power students made it to the semi-finals:Alexandra Garber, Lev Raizman, and Alicia Kogan.
We are proud of all the Brain Power students who participated this year!
Congratulations to Brain Power Students
Who Trained With Us and Were Accepted to Gifted Programs!
Tim Koukarine - UTS
Yvonne Wu - UTS
Virinchi Sreesa - UTS
Emily Xu - UTS
Harry Cheng - UTS
Aiden Mo - UTS
Jessie Chen - UTS
Gurleen Toor - UTS waiting list
Rebecca Phung - UTS waiting list
Lauren Liu - IB, TOPS, MaCS
Brianna Gopaul - IB, TOPS
Saesha Kukreja - IB, HMST, MASTERS
Eric Raizberg - IB
Forest Zhou - IB
Aditya Ohri - IB
Emma Tiwa - IB
Ernest Tang - IB
Michelle Bromberg - IB
Darren Liu - IB
Paul Zhao - IB
Andy Gong - IB
Tina Guo - IB
Ally Zhao - IB
Lucia Sun - IB
Martin Toritsyin - IB
Olga Vishnyakova - IB
Lauren Koek - IB
Emma Waller - IB
Sarah Wong - IB
Cora Usurelu - TOPS
Josh Rovner - TOPS
Adar Kahiri - MaCS
Daniel Mugerman - SMR program
Rachel Quan - Havergal and UTS waiting list
Maya Akkus - Havergal
Mila Stefanovic - Branksome Hall and Holy Name of Mary College School.
Howe Wang - Crescent waiting list
For all of the above students and their families!
@ BRAIN POWER Sunday, May 7 from 7:00-8:00pm
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 Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Sunday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm
(Room 3 at Brain Power)
Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 mind-bending and often spine-chilling science fiction stories!
In Bradbury's imaginary worlds, automated houses raise inhuman children with little need for their parents; American refugees flood into Mexico after a nuclear war; a group of missionaries travels to Mars to "redeem" the inhabitants; an unhappily married man buys a robot to replace his wife; someone known as "Jesus" visits the inhabitants of a far-off planet; "rocket men" travel the solar system, but all they want is to stay at home; the inhabitants of an apocalyptic future time travel into the past in an attempt to escape their fate; and a long-dead alien civilization exacts revenge on Earth.
Alumni of the Month: Naomi Brandt
Currently: Speech language pathologist; Founder and Clinical Director of Speech & Company; Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Science.
Thoughts on Brain Power: I still remember all the amazing puzzles and learning I had at Brain Power with a big smile!
Talents: Leadership, management, and being a mom (all at the same time!)
Essay Competitions for Students!
Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition - 2017
Young Voices - 2017
We are here to help our students with their submissions. See your teacher(s) for assistance.