Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are at the core of most innovations today and are crucial for students to compete globally. At BSS, these subjects are taught from a female-centred approach from the earliest grades.
In the Science department, emphasis is placed on collaboration and thinking in terms of the big idea, the real-world, concrete application of the theory. This experience sets students up for success in university and encourages them to pursue majors like Engineering, Health Science or Biochemistry. A goal of the Science program is to develop scientifically literate students who have the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for informed decision making on all levels; personal, societal and environmental. The courses are designed to enhance the students’ ability to ask and develop answers to questions derived from their curiousity about their everyday experiences and observations.
Students are exposed to a rigorous curriculum at all levels of study with an emphasis on project-based learning and hands-on laboratory experimentation where students work as scientists through framing and investigating their own inquiries. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in Biology and Chemistry providing further enrichment in these subject areas for senior students.
The design-technology lab, equipped with a 3D printer, allows students to design and construct structures as part of the regular course curriculum at all grade levels. Co-curricular opportunities including competition in the VEX Robotics league and the CIS Technocup are offered to interested students. Senior students compete annually in Biology, Chemistry and Physics competitions offered through various post-secondary institutions.
For more information on our course offerings in these areas, please see our online Course of Study.
As a leader in educational technology, BSS continues to seek ways to ensure our students have the 21st century skills they need, full access to a wide range of learning experiences in technology through innovative and leading-edge teaching approaches.
In early October, teachers Andrew Moffat and Kelly Schad took twenty-two Grade 12 BSS Chemistry and Physics students to McMaster to compete in their Science Olympics. The students competed in a variety of science and engineering activities as well as campus tours, watched special lectures and checked out the Planetarium. Andrew and Kelly participated in the teacher competition and the BSS team won a $500 scholarship for any BSS student who will be attending a McMaster Science or Engineering program next year!