What is SciTech NORTH?
SciTech North at Chinguacousy Secondary School is a four-year program that integrates a “HANDS ON, MINDS ON” philosophy that provides students with an interactive approach to learning. Concepts are applied through the merging of science and technology to better understand our modern world.
Students are selected on the basis of their interest, curiosity and enthusiasm for BOTH science and technology. Students will be involved in the design, creation and testing of scientific and technological models. The SciTech North program emphasizes critical thinking, creativity and group dynamic skills and prepares students for further studies in medical, engineering, business and technological disciplines. The program is enhanced through excursions, guest speakers and clubs that promote learning in both the science and technological fields. Students may choose from an academic or applied program, to follow pathways to the work place, college, apprenticeship or university.
The teachers involved in the SciTech North program are selected on the basis of their diverse teaching and work related experiences and are committed to providing students with a relevant, practical and stimulating learning environment.
Where is SciTech offered?
SciTech North is located at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Parkway, L6S 1V3. The school phone number is (905) 791-2400. The Peel Board does not provide transportation to regional programs, but there is an opportunity to arrange private bussing at an additional cost.
How is it different from regular high school?
The students involved are all interested, curious and enthusiastic about science and technology. The comprehensive selection process ensures that students who are excited about SciTech North meet each other and embark on a collective journey to explore their skills and abilities in courses designed specifically for them.
The teaching staff that makes this happen are experienced teachers with a breadth and depth of expertise garnered from working in both industry and education. The collaborative efforts of the professionals engaged in the design and delivery of the SciTech North program ensure that the students are challenged and supported throughout their learning experiences.
Some examples of skills and abilities that SciTech North grads can expect to possess as graduates of the program include strong inquiry and communication skills, increased confidence in problem solving, critical thinking skills through analysis and evaluation of products and empirical results as well as the technological and scientific habits of mind nurtured through hands-on design and investigation. The use of advanced technological equipment ensures that the learning process is engaging and relevant.
Experiential learning has become an important component of education in the advancing fields of technology and science. SciTech North students are able to participate in a wide variety of field trips including visits to industries, post-secondary institutions, workshops and conferences. In addition, guest speakers bring current information into the classroom. Students interested in competing in contests and challenges can join any number of extra-curricular clubs including First & Vex Robotics, Skills Canada, Science Fair, National Biology Competition, Sir Isaac Newton and Avogadro Contests to name a few.
The purposeful linking of technology and science creates a unique foundation for young people to pursue many opportunities in the future. It is our goal to thoroughly prepare students for the challenges and demands of the 21st century.
Who should apply to this program?
· Students with inquiring minds and a keen interest in science and technology.
· Students of all abilities and backgrounds, who wish to pursue either academic or applied studies at the secondary level (the applied program will only be offered if there are sufficient qualified applicants)
· Students who want to go directly on to apprenticeships and the world of work
· Students who are planning to continue their studies at university or college
How will this help me get into workplace/apprenticeship/college/university?
The experiential learning and the unique program will enhance and enrich your learning to meet your career goals. This, however, is not a guarantee of getting admissions to any prestigious college or university program as it depends on the student’s performance during the high school. Each post secondary institute has their own selection criteria and it is the student’s responsibility to meet those requirements. We have highly experienced and knowledgeable Guidance counselors to help you in this process.
How can I get more information?
Contact the guidance department at Chinguacousy Secondary School for more information.
When can I visit the school? Is there an information Night?
On Wednesday, October 25st 2017 (5:30-8:30pm) Chinguacousy Secondary School will hold its annual open house for Grade 8 students and Parents/Guardians. There will be SciTech Program presentations at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about SciTech, visit the classrooms/facilities while you view exciting demonstrations and see examples of student work.
What careers can I pursue if I join SciTech?
There are many options in the areas of trades, colleges and university pathways. More information is available on the website www.makingmyway.com
How are the students selected?
The students are assessed on the basis of their report card marks, the teacher reference, and each student’s involvement in activities at school and the community. In addition students will complete a written assessment and group simulation.