The Peel District School Board provides three regional Science and Technology (SciTech) programs for middle school students across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. The only entry point, for this three year program, is from grade 5 to 6.
Our modern way of life is based largely on the advances made by science and technology. We have developed as a society because of our natural curiosity, seeking answers to problems, examining how different areas of knowledge and facts relate to each other, and looking at not only what happens but also how and why something happens.
The SciTech program features a focus on mathematics, science and technology. Our goal is to use math, science and technology as a window to the world, the lens through which we look and investigate our world critically (i.e., social justice, character attributes, ethics). The inquiry-based learning demonstrates how science, technology and mathematics relate to us in everyday life. Literacy and numeracy are explored through science and technology. Students apply their creativity and discover solutions to real problems and issues. The program integrates a hands-on, minds-on philosophy and provides students with an interactive approach to learning based on the Ontario curriculum. The program is enhanced through participation in activities such as excursions, guest speakers, competitions and clubs.
The Peel board offers the regional SciTech program at Centennial Sr. Public School, Macville Public School and Tomken Road Middle School.
What does the program include?
The SciTech Program is designed for students of all abilities, and is based on the Ontario curriculum, but also features:
- a focus in mathematics, science and technology
- inquiry-based learning that demonstrates how science, technology and mathematics relate to us in everyday life
- a focus on literacy and numeracy through science and technology investigation
- an inquiry-based approach, with students applying their creativity and discovering solutions to real problems and issues
In addition to their unique science and technology program, SciTech students, as members of the student body, also have the chance to participate in any of the school's teams, clubs and extracurricular activities.
When students are engaged in rich and meaningful problem-solving situations in science and technology, they have the opportunity to build on previous knowledge, and extend it through research and investigations. Also, when integrated with other subject areas, the critical role that science and technology plays in our lives comes alive.
SciTech students will become actively engaged in not only the learning about science and technology, but in experiencing it in the same way that scientists and technologists do—as a dynamic, integrated, problem-solving process.
Students who participate in the SciTech program will:
- develop more advanced inquiry skills, which can be applied to any problem or part of the curriculum
- gain a greater understanding of concepts across many disciplines
- develop the confidence that comes from problem-solving
- be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that science and technology have to offer in secondary school and beyond
- job-shadow professionals in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering
- collaborate with Humberview Secondary School students on relevant science, technology and/or mathematics investigations
Who can attend?
Any Peel student who is currently in grade 5 may apply for this three-year program, including students who are receiving English as a Second Language support or who have special education needs. Each year, 56 new students are admitted to the grade 6 program. Students currently in grade 5 can apply to SciTech.
Students who live in the shaded area of the SciTech boundary map and are successful applicants will attend the SciTech program at Macville.
Is there before and after school care?
Macville has a YMCA program for students who require before and after school care. For more information about this, please visit their site: