Through our program of guided-inquiry and discovery, the Science department introduces and engages our learners in an appreciation of the scientific method across core disciplines including biology, chemistry and physics. Our accelerated Foundation 1 science program provides opportunities for students to pursue multiple higher level science courses without limiting course breadth in other subject areas. Learners develop critical skills in hypothesis generation, observation, problem solving, data management and synthesis essential for further scientific training and developing an appreciation for science in everyday life.
Our program is complemented by a rich offering of extra-curricular programs and contests, available across all grade levels. These opportunities enable motivated students to explore their scientific curiosities beyond the classroom.
Michael Smith Challenge
Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Junior Science Olympiads
University of Waterloo Chemistry Contests
National Biology Competition
Sir Isaac Newton, OAPT and Canadian Association of Physicists Contest
Genie in a Bottle: Manganese dioxide catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.
The decomposition of hydrogen peroxide occurs by the following chemical equation:
H2O2 → H2O + O2
This reaction occurs slowly under normal conditions. The addition of the catalyst MnO2 increases the reaction rate by more than 1000 times.
Exploding Gummy Bear: Decomposition of Potassium Chlorate
When heated, potassium chlorate melts and then decomposes to potassium chloride and oxygen according to the following chemical equation:
KClO3 → KCl + O2
A gummy bear, an excellent source of sucrose, is added to the test tube. The sucrose quickly burns in the oxygen evolved by the decomposition reaction and releases a considerable amount of energy. The violet flame produced is a result of the potassium present in the sample.