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SHAD: The 2017 SHAD program will run from July 2 – 28

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The SHAD experience is a lifelong experience and begins with our month-long summer program, which will show you what you can achieve if you think big and pursue your extraordinary potential.

Each year, top-performing Grades 10, 11 and 12 students or the international equivalent, compete for a place in the month-long program, which is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) disciplines. Approximately 700 students are accepted annually to participate and live in-residence on one of our host university campuses across Canada during the July program.

SHAD provides the unique opportunity to explore a university campus while still in high school, and experience higher learning in a supportive yet challenging environment. Included are lectures, seminars and workshops, presentations by industry leaders, working in teams to simulate a ‘startup’ project, and recreational activities.

MP Bryan May looks to get some youthful input

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CAMBRIDGE- Cambridge MP Bryan May is putting out a call for teens interested in helping set the agenda for the country and their future.

May recently announced the formation of a Cambridge and North Dumfries MP’s Youth Council, which will serve as a youth liaison for the representative in Ottawa, providing input on federal government policies, ideas and initiatives.

 “I’ve worked with young people my entire career, from the YMCA to the Boys and Girls Club, and I know that they have good ideas,” May said in a news release.

“The issues we’re going to look at are critical to get youth input on, and I’m pleased to be bringing those ideas back to Ottawa. I know how engaged youth are on so many issues and I’m excited to start this collaboration.”

The youth council will consist of about 20 youths between the ages of 15 and 19.

Feedback from the council will be consolidated and presented to federal ministers throughout the year to help influence government policy.

Officials at May’s office will be accepting applications until Sept. 30. Anyone interested in taking part can learn more and apply online:

A brainy kid with big dreams

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He’s finished high school and has enrolled to study science at the University of Waterloo. Which is not unusual … except that he’s 12.

Yes, you read that right. UW has given a scholarship to a really smart kid from Indonesia who taught himself to speak English and whose first name means scholar. For real.

He goes by Diki (short for Cendikiawan, last name Suryaatmadja) and he’s the youngest UW student in recent memory, perhaps the youngest ever.

“I’m very excited but a bit nervous because of the transition in culture,” he said, a day after arriving in Canada for the first time.

His first impression: “I think the people are very polite, friendly and reliable.”

Diki dreams about inventing clean energy to help save the world, after he studies physics.

“Physics is a subject that can change the world,” he said. He discovered it at 9. He likes observing patterns and contemplating the universe.

By Jeff Outhit

McDonald’s trainees to get college diploma credits

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McDonald’s Canada says employees training to become managers can now receive the first year of course credits towards a college business diploma at any of the province’s 24 public colleges in a first-of-its-kind agreement struck with Colleges Ontario.

The fast food giant estimates the partnership will translate into tuition cost savings for eligible workers of up to $4,500, or half, since it takes two years to get a business or business administration diploma at Ontario colleges.

“We’re proud to offer our employees training and opportunities that build skills relevant in today’s world and that they can take with them well into their futures,” said Sharon Ramalho, Chief People Officer of McDonald’s Canada.

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Street Artist Phlegm Completes Huge Work at Yonge and St. Clair

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Almost exactly three years since public arts organization ‘The STEPS Initiative‘ unveiled plans for the since-realized “World’s Tallest Mural” at 200 Wellesley Street East, the organization is celebrating another major contribution to Toronto’s public art landscape. It has been almost a month since U.K.-based street artist ‘Phlegm’ began work on a massive mural on the blank west face of the Padulo Building at 1 St. Clair Avenue West.


Math is a “piece of cake”

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Dr. Cheng pulled from the oven a perfectly baked specimen of what she calls Bach pie, named for the great composer beloved by mathematicians everywhere: an oblong rectangle of creamy dark chocolate studded with banana slices and topped by an Escher-like braid of four glazed pastry plaits that followed divergent trajectories, never quite crisscrossing where you expected them to.

The filling was a clever concatenation — “BAnana added to CHocolate gives you Bach,” Dr. Cheng said. The braiding illustrated the structure of a Bach prelude and the sorts of patterns that knot theorists study “to see how looped up the braids are,” Dr. Cheng said, “and whether you can transform one braid into another by wiggling the different strings.” By Natalie Angier

The world’s oldest computer is still revealing its secrets

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In its prime, about 2,100 years ago, the Antikythera (an-ti-KEE-thur-a) Mechanism was a complex, whirling, clockwork instrument comprising at least 30 bronze gears bearing thousands of interlocking tiny teeth. Powered by a single hand crank, the machine modeled the passage of time and the movements of celestial bodies with astonishing precision. It had dials that counted the days according to at least three different calendars, and another that could be used to calculate the timing of the Olympics. Pointers representing the stars and planets revolved around its front face, indicating their position in relation to Earth. A tiny, painted model of the moon rotated on a spindly axis, flashing black and white to mimic the real moon’s waxing and waning.

The sum of all these moving parts was far and away the most sophisticated piece of machinery found from ancient Greece. Nothing like it would appear again until the 14th century, when the earliest geared clocks began to be built in Europe. For the first half century after its discovery, researchers believed that the Antikythera Mechanism had to be something simpler than it seemed, like an astrolabe. How could the Greeks have developed the technology needed to create something so precise, so perfect — only to have it vanish for 1,400 years? By Sarah Kaplan