On March 12th, eight students from Grades 11 and 12 took part in the annual UBC Physics Olympics.
Shirley, Brianna, Grace, Nicole, Julie, Jennifer, Ashley and Erin took part in six events designed to test their ability in engineering and various aspects of physics. We competed against 56 teams from schools from British Columbia and Alberta.
We could only prepare for two of the six challenges, which both involved constructing devices designed for movement. Working as a team, we got together and created a mousetrap car and a golf ball driver. Overall, we did very well in our events, and left with a silver medal in the mystery event. Nice!
The daylong competition provided a great opportunity to put our physics knowledge to practical use and to test ourselves against students from other schools. It was a good learning experience to be able to see what students from around Western Canada could do in the realm of science. Along with exercising their brains we spent time chilling out, playing cards, eating a variety of ethnic foods and cruising around the UBC campus on their complimentary segways. 🙂 All in all, ‘twas a magnificent day in the world of science, and it will forever remain dear to our hearts.
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All in all, it was a great experience and we can’t wait to do even better next year!
Yorkies raised over $7,000 through various fundraising activities such as a walk-a-thon. This contribution went towards clean water for the Bachoo District in Ethiopia.
Learn by ‘clean water for all’ is so important, in Head Girl Abby’s own words:
Water is the source of life. Without access to clean water, life cannot begin or be sustained. Once people have access to clean water, sanitation/hygiene can improve, more optimal health can be achieved, and food can be grown. People then can focus on building and strengthening their communities. This is why I chose to nominate WaterCan, a local Canadian charity, for my school to sponsor. I support the initiative that WaterCan is taking to develop small scale projects which not only bring aid (water supply, sanitation etc) to communities, but also involve and educate those members of the communities, encouraging and enabling those who WaterCan is helping to also help themselves, thus creating positive long term and sustainable projects.
I live in an environment where people (including myself) have a strong sense of entitlement. We feel that we deserve to have all of our basic life needs available for our use. Access to clean water is taken for granted, and quite often, we tend to be wasteful and use an over abundance of water. Through the work of WaterCan, those who are not yet able to feel entitled to clean water can begin to have access to it; and those of us who take for granted the access to clean water are reminded of its importance, and of the unequal access to clean water between the world’s population. Through the work of WaterCan, this will hopefully lead each of us to be more water wise and inspire us to help more people have equal access to clean water.