“As we study the natural world that God Created, we can see God’s Power, His invisible attributes and His nature.”
Cars that drive themselves, bolder video games, better medicines, preserving the environment – technologies move forward every day. Without the work of scientists, engineers and other skilled workers most new products, innovations and discoveries would never be developed. Scientists study the natural world and try to deepen our understanding of how it works. They mostly concentrate in three areas: life, physics or social science. Engineers use creativity combined with science and math to design and build things like bridges, iPods, buildings and water filtration systems to improve the way we communicate, work, live, travel, maintain our health and enjoy our free time.
Why take science?
- Science is hands on learning that is fun!
- The growing demand across all industries for new products and innovations is fuelling the demand for workers with a background in science and engineering. The number of new jobs related to these fields is growing at twice the rate as any other field.
- The average annual income in a science ($67,470) or engineering job is ($77,880) is much higher than compared to the average annual income for all workers ($43,460).
- Almost a third of the work force in these areas is over the age of 55. That means that there will be a talent gap when these workers begin to retire in the next few years.
(all stats were taken from data the Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group collected in 2011)
How many Science credits do you need?
- 2 plus a 3rd Science or Technology credit as a minimum. Check to see how many and which Science credits are needed based on the post-secondary program you might chose. Some post-secondary programs require a student take two of the three senior science courses (biology, chemistry and physics) and others require them to take all three.
Michael Smith Challenge – Junior Science, University of British Columbia
Sir Isaac Newton Contest – 12U Physics, University of Waterloo
OAPT Physics Contest – 11U Physics, Ontario Physics Teachers Association
National Biology competition – Senior Biology, University of Toronto
Avogadro Chemistry Exam – 11U Chemistry, University of Waterloo
CHEM 13 News – 12U Chemistry, University of Waterloo
University of Guelph Science Olympics – All Grades, University of Guelph
Western Science Olympics – All Grades, University of Western Ontario
McMaster Science and Engineering Olympics – All Grades, McMaster University
** Not all contests and enrichment opportunities are available at each school **
Some of the top science and engineering fields that will see the most growth over the next 15-20 years are
- Biomedical engineers
- Medical Scientists
- Biochemists and Biophysicist
- Civil Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Urban Planners
- Green Energy Engineer
- Power Grid Maintenance
We offer the Specialist High Skills Majors programs that give students who are interested in these fields a head start by providing them with career specific training and valuable job experience. Science students can take advantage of the programs linked to the following career pathways
- Health and Wellness
- Horticulture and Landscaping
Go to highskills.ca for more information about the Specialists High Skills Major Program.
Students are exposed to each of the following four branches of science in the grades 9 and 10. They can follow their interests or career paths in grades 11 and 12.
Biology: The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology and all their subdivisions.
Chemistry: The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.
Physics: The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes how things move on the ground and in the air, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.
Earth and Space: This stream blends together Earth Science and Astronomy. Earth Science is the branch of science that looks at how earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers and other geological processes have shaped our planet over time. Astronomy looks at our place in the solar system and what you can see in the night sky.