Today started like any other with an enjoyable breakfast at Jennings. The meal included eggs, spam, cereal, potatoes, muffins and waffles.
After our traditional start to the day, we began the most STEM day at SHAD MTA. The group of 52 SHADs were split into two groups and we would have the chance to take part in both educational and inspiring sessions! One group got to go to Tweedie Hall for a lecture on robotics, programming and calculators. While the other went over to Barclay for a chemistry lab on making Aspirin!
In the robotics seminar, we started off simple with calculations and music, with a wide range of pieces created by students all over. We continued on to apply our new-found skills to keep a patient's heart beating. To end it all off, we combined all that we learnt to program a robot to create shapes and different unique objects.
In the meantime, the other group started on their chemistry lab to make Asprin. The group went through the whole process from start to finish- washing, recrystallizing and mixing in an effort to get the highest yield and best product.
For lunch, we had another great variety of items. For instance, many of us had a grilled cheese sandwich and alfredo cheese pasta. We also got some free time during this period to explore downtown and stock up on some snacks!
After lunch, we continued with our rotation and both groups got to switch STEM activities. We thanked our guests for coming in to teach us so much on this day as all the SHADs got the amazing opportunity to experience new learning. Getting the chance to work in a university lab and code robots was an unforgettable time that taught us new skills and expanded our knowledge.
Once both groups completed their final rotations, it was time for the final SHAD Speaks- what amazing conclusions to an even more amazing day. Thanks to Zach, Kate B, Spencer, Alan W, and Daniel for ending off our SHAD speaks session so well.
Later on, we had one of the most amazing dinners! There was more pasta accompanied with pizza for the first time ever and chocolate with fudge. All the SHADs really took time to bond over the meal and appreciate the great food and great company.
We went to the arts centre after work on crafts, recycled from the drawings we made during the Nova Scotia hike before. At first we took time to reflect upon our journey and recall the nature aspect of our trip. This allowed us to reflect upon the trip and recall the surroundings by memory. We split into our previous groups from before that day to work on the tasks. Later, we turned some of the charcoal imprints we did in the forest to buttons! As well, we got to experiment with pinhole printing from our trip and got to see all the pictures come to life! They were printed off in the dark room and all the SHADs could recall moments from our trip.
That evening, we ended early because many groups had to prepare for the open day ceremony as much preparation for the fast approaching event.