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Down By Cow Bay

Oct 12, '17

Mr McCarthy and his Environmental Science 12 AP students helped with cleanup of blackberry bushes (the invasive variety) at Cowichan Bay as part of their field trip to the estuary last month. Restoration of native species will help protect against coastal erosion and other effects of global warming.

Bird Banding in Bio 11

Sep 29, '17

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning in September, Mr. Miller’s Biology 11 classes departed for Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO) on southern Vancouver Island to enjoy a morning of birding and bird banding. The RPBO sits on a migratory pathway for many songbirds, birds of prey, and seabirds as they make their way off Vancouver Island and on...

Biology in Bamfield

Sep 24, '17

Bridges provided a short respite before the bus bumped back onto a rocky, dusty logging road. After two hours on dirt, it was hard to believe that we were headed to a major research station run by five universities, which welcomes hundreds of university students, high school students, and the public annually. Each year, the AP Biology 12 class,...

Launching In Third Term: Radical Rockets

Jun 30, '17

After 19 months of straight, gruelling chemistry, learning first-year university concepts and challenging the extreme AP exam in May, the AP Chemistry 12 class decided to let loose a little. For most of the month of May and the beginning of June, we took on the challenge of building high-powered model rockets. The task was first met with much...

Arduino in AP Physics

Feb 24, '17

Coding is being introduced into the BC curriculum in an effort to prepare students for jobs in the swiftly growing technology industry, but Ms. Olszewski is ahead of the game, introducing her AP Physics 1 (Grade 11) classes to coding through a unique exploration known as “The Arduino Project”. Ms. O explains: "The Arduino project is designed to...

If Only Ergs Could Float

Feb 13, '17

With winter season supposed to be coming to an end, the negative degree weather and lots of snow falling doesn't seem to want the winter indoor rowing reason to stop. On Sunday, January 22nd the Men's and Women's rowing teams went down to UVIC for the 33rd Annual Monster Erg event. We had 3 teachers, 14 boy, 3 girls and 1 coxswain compete. With a...

The Neuroscience of Making Decisions

Jan 25, '17

Last Friday we were treated to a lecture on “the neuroscience of decision making” by research Professor Olav Krigolson of the University of Victoria. Biology and psychology classes were able to get an insight into Dr Krigolson’s ground-breaking work on the brain’s decision making systems in which he uses electroencephalograph or EEG machines to...

Build-a-Whale @ Brentwood

Jan 19, '17

If you ever get a chance to stroll past the atrium in the main floor of the Ross Building, a huge creature is awaiting to surprise you. A full killer whale skeleton is on display for everyone to see. Lent to the school by Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society http://strawberryisle.org/ the offshore orca holds many learning opportunities for...

A Sparkling Experiment in Chemistry

Dec 23, '16

On December 2nd, as the winter wind was howling on the Brentwood campus, curiosity lead the Grade 11 Chemistry AP students to a science experiment under the instructions of Mr Amiel. Students with aprons and goggles were keen to apply their knowledge in a real science scenario. They used theories from Dalton’s Law and Moles to predict the results...

Biodiversity on Campus

Dec 10, '16

Our Malaise Trap results from the University of Guelph are in! Back in September, the Biology 12 AP students set up an insect trap that looked rather like a tent and collected specimens that flew into it over two weeks. These specimens were then sent of to the University of Guelph DNA lab for identification. The experiment is happening at schools...

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