By: Eric Sadiku, Nicolas Rebollo and Matthew Heal-Kowal
The STEM club at De La Salle provides an opportunity for students to engage in activities that relate to a wide variety of fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM club meets biweekly in the De La Salle Chemistry classroom. Our meetings provide an opportunity to discuss current topics related to STEM fields, as well as conduct mini-experiments to better understand various topics. Topic and experiment ideas are student-driven and supervised by Mrs. Ceschia. At our last meeting before the Christmas break, we had some fun building bridges out of marshmallows and toothpicks and ranked them based on aesthetics, height and strength.
Our primary objective this year is to participate in the Destination Imagination competition held at the end of March. Destination Imagination is an educational, non-profit organization that engages students from grade school to university in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) based solution-driven challenges. Teams participate in both a prepared activity as well as an impromptu design challenge. Furthermore, we plan to once again attend the Toronto Youth STEM and Innovation Conference (formerly STEMinism Conference) held this spring at the MARS Discovery district at the University of Toronto. We believe that this will be an excellent opportunity for our students to not only connect with students, professors and industry leaders but also test our skills in the Innovation Pitch.