Biology in Bamfield: An AP Adventure

Sep 28, '16

Early morning, Monday, September the 19th, seventeen eager Biology 12AP students headed off campus and began the five hour bus ride to what would become a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, a cooperative effort of UVic, UBC, Simon Fraser, U of A and the University of Calgary. Upon arrival, students immediately...

Seashells by the Seashore

Sep 18, '16

On yet another glorious September morning, Biology 12AP students explore the low tide in search of observations that will prompt questions and eventually yield experiments. In addition to shore crabs, starfish and tiny hermit crabs were discovered. How fortunate we are to have a shoreline on our doorstep! Mr. Dave McCarthy

Bug Study

Sep 14, '16

Brentwood AP Biology students are again taking part in a Canada-wide bug survey through the University of Guelph. Insects caught in the trap, recently set up outside of the biology lab by Kate L, are collected over a two week period and then sent to the university labs for analysis using DNA bar-coding techniques. The diversity and abundance of...

Baring the Facts on Bears

Jul 08, '16

Alysa McCall, Director of Conservation Outreach and Staff Scientist at Polar Bears International was available able via internet in May to talk to a group of Biology 11 students about her research. Students were able to ask her about how climate change was impacting these creatures and how that was, in turn, affecting the whole Arctic ecosystem....

Neuroscience News

Jun 14, '16

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Brentwood ‘91, is currently one of Canada’s foremost neuroscientists. Ryan spoke about his pioneering work in the field during our TEDx event last fall and offered to show some students around his neurotech lab in Vancouver whenever we could make it. This past week 15 students were given a tour of the facility which does...

The Brain: the Ultimate Frontier

Jun 10, '16

“Some say space is the final frontier, but I believe that the brain is the ultimate frontier” says Dr. Ryan Darcy, Brentwood '91, an acclaimed neuroscientist and entrepreneur who is currently leading a team of talented biomedical engineers, physicists, and other scientists at one of the foremost labs and treatment centers which is focusing on the...

3D Printing At Brentwood

Dec 09, '15

This Saturday, Simon Fraser University professor, Dr. Paul Tinari provided us with a fascinating and thought-provoking vision of a future revolutionized by the new technology of 3D printing. Dr Tinari is an author, radio talk-show host, lecturer and consultant. He has advised governments, the US military, NASA and large corporations about future...

Musseling in on Cilia

Nov 26, '15

Few schools allow a biology teacher to harvest fresh mussels 10 minutes before a class so that students can observe their living infrastructure. Here, in a microscope view, can be seen waves of moving cilia that power the animals’ feeding and breathing systems. This feeding method makes the shellfish particularly likely to bioaccumulate...

Bio-Civ does Diving

Nov 19, '15

In Biology-Civics class, students are spending their free Sundays plunging into freezing cold backyard pools in full scuba gear. Why? That’s a good question. Students who are enrolled in Bio-Civics are taking up the challenge of getting their scuba diving licences, presenting an amazing opportunity for students who study marine biology...

Dear Mr. Tate

Jun 17, '15

Many critical events occurred in September, 1985 – US President Ronald Reagan ordered sanctions against South Africa, the TV show “The Golden Girls” debuted on NBC, engine failure caused Midwest Express Flight 105 to crash, and a young and enthusiastic man began a 30 year odyssey at Brentwood College School. He was recruited and employed as an...

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