Team Markham-Richmond Hill: Meet Technology, The Champion of Board Games

We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in. 

Team Markham- Richmond Hill
Edward Zhou, Michelle Li, Ashley Ma, Matthew Du

After 18 years of effort, computers have finally completely conquered the game of draughts (Checkers). Even though Checkers is simple in terms of rules, there are over 500 billion billion (yes that’s 5 followed by 20 zeros) possible play positions. Each possible play position comprises of a possible situation of where pieces may be. To “beat the game”, each one of these possible play positions had to be sifted through by computers to find the best move to make in each situation. It took hundreds of computers running for 18 years to complete this task and to write the program. The program they created, Chinook, contains an artificial intelligence that can choose the best move in each situation; even the best opponents can only play it to a draw. It is an example of artificial intelligence in which “rules” by which an AI (artificial intelligence) operates are replaced with cold, hard facts and perfect knowledge. (more…)

Behind the Scenes – Tony Ren

Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series called “Behind the Scenes – The Real Team.” The purpose of this blog series is to let you have a sneak peak into the lives of the Science Expo executive members, and we hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did interviewing them. Next up is our money man: Tony Ren, Director of Sponsorship.

The Basics
Full name:  Tony Dongrui Ren
Age: 16
School:  Bayview Secondary School
Program: Business (marketing)

The Usual
Hidden talents: I can finish mindsweeper on expert level in seventy seconds, uh…..I can type 150 words per minute…oh and I can solve a Rubik’s cube in around 45 seconds
Favourite past time: I love reading, watching movies and eating! (more…)

Behind the Scenes – Sonia Huang

Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series called “Behind the Scenes – The Real Team.” The purpose of this blog series is to let you have a sneak peak into the lives of the Science Expo executive members, and we hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did interviewing them. Next we have our first Conference Team member, Sonia Huang, Director of Logistics.

The Basics:
Full name: Sonia Huang
Age: 17
School: Earl Haig Secondary School
Program of Interest: dentistry

The Usual
Hidden talents: I draw, and I can eat a lot.
Favourite past time: I go to the mall.
Where were you born: China
Who were you named after: I had to choose a name for English class back in the day when I was still in China…. my aunt’s co-worker was Sonia and it was recommended to me…I’ve just stuck with it ever since. (more…)

Behind the Scenes – Naima Raza

Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series called “Behind the Scenes – The Real Team.” The purpose of this blog series is to let you have a sneak peak into the lives of the Science Expo executive members, and we hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did interviewing them. Now we have our final Director of School Outreach, Naima Raza. 

The Basics:
Full name: Naima Raza
Age: 15
School: Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational
Field of Interest: Something related to biology research, although I’m also interested in International Relations

The Usual
Hidden talents: I have a green belt in karate. I can kick butt.
Favourite past time: I love baking, photography, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
Where were you born: Sarnia, otherwise known as Narnia
Biggest fear: Frogs
Most treasured possession: my plushie lobster from PEI, where I was attending the Canada Wide Science Fair (more…)

Behind the Scenes – Jessie MacAlpine

Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series called “Behind the Scenes – The Real Team.” The purpose of this blog series is to let you have a sneak peak into the lives of the Science Expo executive members, and we hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did interviewing them. Next we have our second Director of School Outreach, Jessie MacAlpine. 

The Basics:
Full name: Jessie Leanne Preston MacAlpine
Age: 17
School: Huron Park Secondary School
Field of Interest: Bio-Chemistry

The Usual
Hidden talents: I used to do extremely intense step dancing, until i got tendonitis
Favourite past time: if I actually had free time, I’d watch Dr. Who!
Biggest fear: Catching some deadly disease.
Most treasured possession: my first Canada-Wide Science Fair gold medal
Favourite celebrity: Rick Mercer or Harry Style
Biggest regret in life thus far: Having to quit dance thanks to tendonitis (more…)

Team Kincardine: Colour Psychology

We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in. 

Team Kincardine
Munaza Saleem

At the Shad Valley Lakehead 2012 program, I had no idea what to do my Shad Speaks presentation on. I spent hours researching random facts and I had hoped that one of them would spark my interest to more research, but to no avail. I had no idea that what I decided on is an aspect of life that we often underestimate, and is all around us but we never stop to appreciate it in our hectic and eventful lives. (more…)

Team Brampton: My Ambassador Experience

We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in. 

Team Brampton
Amal Mustafa and Abeera Shahid

My experience as a Science Expo ambassador has been great so far! The story of how I got here is actually pretty interesting.  I first heard about Science Expo  towards the end of June 2012 when I was looking for organizations to get involved in.  I actually emailed Science Expo about how I could get involved and I received a reply telling me about the ambassador program that would be accepting applications in the fall.  At this point, I was interested but I wasn’t totally excited. Then in the beginning of summer, I attended a conference at the Chinese Cultural Center, where Susie Pan herself was sitting beside me. I  had no clue that it was her or who she was until she went on stage to speak. After her absolutely amazing talk, my friend and I were in awe. As she sat beside us, we waited and then started bombarding her with questions.  I asked her about science opportunities while my friend about business. She was really nice about all of it.  After meeting her, I became really interested in Science Expo. Later, I met her again at TEDx Richmond Hill where she was also speaking.  We spoke about the ambassador program and how I was not sure if I should apply. She encouraged me to do so and well here I am glad I did.  That’s the story of how I became an ambassador. (more…)

Behind the Scenes – Tina Tang

Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series called “Behind the Scenes – The Real Team.” The purpose of this blog series is to let you have a sneak peak into the lives of the Science Expo executive members, and we hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did interviewing them. First up…Tina Tang, Director of School Outreach. 

The basics:
Full name: Tina Tang
Age: 17
School: Centennial CVI
University Program of Interest: Biomedical Science at the University of Western Ontario

The Usual
Hidden talents: I can cut really pretty paper snowflakes, I’m bilingual, and I play both piano and flute.
Favourite past time: Going out with friends, sleeping, shopping, Facebook, Youtube, asian dramas
Biggest fear: rats (more…)

Team Cambridge: My Ambassador Experience

We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in. 

Team Cambridge
Zena Xing

A community. When I Googled it, the definition I found was “all the people living in a particular group or area”. That definition seems so empty; it couldn’t capture all the other aspects of community, and it couldn’t capture the characteristics of a real community.  During my time as a Science Expo Ambassador, I instantly became a part of a community, one of like-minded peers who had similar interests and had a common goal: to host the best Fall Info Night possible. What was funny was that none of us lived anywhere near each other! All 39 members of us were spread over the province of Ontario (which in itself is bigger than France). Despite the distance, we were still a community. (more…)

Conference 2013 Site Launched

TORONTO – JANUARY 3, 2013 – Science Expo has announced the launch of a new microsite, which is to serve as the go-to place for all information pertaining to their upcoming annual conference at the Ontario Science Centre on February 23, 2013.

The microsite, which can be accessed at conference.science-expo.org, will provide important details about the conference, including the day’s agenda, biographies of all invited speakers, and a link to the application for the event.

“We really wanted a place where potential applicants or sponsors could go to for all details regarding the contents,” says Megan Schlorff, Conference Director. (more…)