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Newsletter Issue October

Newsletter Issue #2 Oct. 2018
Welcome to STEM Fellowship’s Monthly Newsletter!

This October issue will include:
→ Featured Opportunity – The Rabbit Hole of Knowledge
→ Update from the Managing Director, Mohammad Asadi Lari

→ Announcements from National Outreach, Data Science, STEM Fellowship Journal
→ Digital Science Blog Series

Featured Opportunity! The Rabbit Hole of Knowledge
SF’s Executive Director and SF Journal Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch developed a new personalized learning and science communication tool, along with his former students called the Rabbit Hole of Knowledge.

This tool helps establish preliminary understanding of scientific findings or research topics and motivates further learning. It complements traditional course-based education and provides a much sought-after, inquiry-based learning environment where teaching is delivered to answer questions and fill gaps in knowledge that students seek. It is also a way to revitalize the academic library experience and to cultivate reader interest in specific scholarly publications.

Check it out here!
Managing Director Updates from Mohammad Asadi Lari
STEM Fellowship submitted applications to major grants for Big Data and SciComm to NSERC’s PromoScience program this last week!

Mohammad spoke at TEDxYouth@WestVancouver on September 22, on the topic of inspiring local youths by sharing their philanthropic, innovative, and entrepreneurial ventures, and their impact on the world.

If you would like to read more about the TEDxYouth Talks and learn more about our Managing Director and other inspirational youth in our community, check it out in the link below.

TEDxYouth@WestVancouver Series Talk
Announcements from Directors

National Outreach Team

Currently, the Outreach team is focusing on identifying strategic partners within the community, such as Google and Hack the North! They hope to funnel sponsors and participants from these initiatives into our programs – particularly the Big Data Challenge.

Ambassadors are also an integral part of the Outreach team. They set provincial tasks and goals, planning events such as workshops and promotional materials.

The ambassador application is always open to students in BC, Alberta, and Ontario!

Apply here!
Big Data Challenge

This year’s theme, “Big Data de Terre,” focuses on the exploratory analysis of open data from NASA, the CSA and EDA, inviting you to produce descriptive and graphical summaries of data with the goal of revealing the impact of environmental condition on human health and well-being.

Dive further into predictive analytics of optimal environmental characteristics for long-term, long-distance space travel.

Check out our website for more info!
Register for the Toronto/ Online Orientation Session here: http://sf-bdc-2019-orientation-toronto.eventbrite.ca

Register for the Calgary Orientation Session here: http://sf-bdc-2019-orientation-calgary.eventbrite.ca

Register for the Big Data Challenge here: https://stemfellowship-bdc-2019.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions, email us at: bigdata@stemfellowship.org
Registration ends October 20th, 2018!

Data Science

As STEM Fellowship’s 2019 High School BDC is approaching, take a look at what makes this event different from other opportunities!

  1. Students have the opportunity to have their work published in the STEM Fellowship Journal (SFJ)! Finalists have their full manuscripts published in the SFJ while participants have their abstracts published.
  2. Students have the chance to engage in self-directed learning through trial-and-error.
  3. The competition is remote, meaning that students anywhere can participate in the Challenge as long as they have Internet access.
  4. Unlike with most Hackathons, we offer the chance for finalists to utilize their communication skills through a presentation component delivered to a panel of judges.
  5. The high school Big Data Challenge is scaled at either the national or international level, allowing students the chance to interact with mentors and students from different parts of the world, allowing for the intake of academic knowledge which may currently be restricted to certain cultures.

We are always looking for help with our workshops. You’re encouraged to contact jaweria.qaiser@stemfellowship.org if you are well-versed in R, Python, or SAS!

STEM Fellowship Journal

We are now looking for a Type-Setter for our student-run, Canadian Science Publishing backed journal.

As a Type-Setter, you would be responsible for ensuring the manuscript meets the structure and layout of the journal. While there are no skills or credentials required for this position, it is ideal if you have experience using Adobe Indesign and have access to it on your personal computer or through a university.

Interested applicants should contact Jayneel Limbachia, the Director of the STEM Fellowship Journal at jayneel.limbachia@stemfellowship.org.

Science Communications

The Science Communications team works to inform the public, as well as members of STEM Fellowship about the initiatives and events this organization works on, thus encouraging transparency and sharing our accomplishments amongst everyone involved in the STEM community! Aside from working to create the SF Journal, Scholarly Writing Challenge, and Scholarly Writing Workshops, they often collaborate with the Partnerships team.

Additional Opportunities!

Digital Science Founders Blog

Digital Science kickstarted a new recurring blog series called #FoundersFridays. Here, several founders of scholarly communication businesses and ventures are interviewed where they share their insight into their background, their advice and tips for others, and what the industry looks like as a while.

Have an interest in knowing more about scholarly communication?

Check out the blogs here!
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2018 Scholarly Writing Challenge

STEM Fellowship’s 2018 Scholarly Writing Challenge is now underway. The purpose of this challenge is to inspire high school students to prepare themselves for a future of research and science publishing.

 

The Scholarly Writing Challenge is open to all high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 inside and outside of Canada. Entries will be judged based on creativity, clarity, and organisation of the work presented. There are five categories students can submit to: Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences and Literature Reviews. A $500 prize will be awarded to the best submissions and four certificates for best in the categories of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Literature Review as well as annual subscriptions to select journals.

 

Additional details and rules for the challenge can be found on the STEM Scholarly Writing Challenge site: http://stemfellowship.org/scholarly-writing-challenge/

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!




Digital Science to Sponsor STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge; Is this the dawn of a new way of learning?

Kaylin Xu – VANCOUVER, BC – Nov. 5, 2017 – As STEM Fellowship’s Big Data Challenge goes into its third year and acquires Digital Science and two of its portfolio companies, Altmetric and Overleaf, as sponsors, information technology jobs rise in demand across North America. The Government of Canada’s Career Outlook Reports give computer programming and interactive media developing jobs a 3/3 star rating in British Columbia alone. To commemorate the acquirement of three new sponsors for its Big Data Challenge, STEM Fellowship is challenging students to consider a new way of learning that is inquiry-based to adapt to the rapidly more technology-based future.

For this year’s Big Data Challenge, the theme is “Using impact data to understand and predict the future directions of science”. Competing teams are challenged to extract information from scientific publication attention data provided by Altmetric, collating and presenting insights into the future direction of science. To help manage and write their projects, students will have access to cloud-based collaborative writing tool, Overleaf.

Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch, the founder and Executive director of STEM Fellowship, explains:

The STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge is a unique learning experiment that is focused on the development of the new generation of students’ natural data analysis talents. Traditional subject-specific and instruction-based learning do not meet the expectations of the industry and – more importantly – do not fit the new generation of student learning styles. The Challenge is, therefore, a pedagogical pilot, testing new forms of cross-disciplinary big data-based learning.


Canada Wins Bronze at Physics World Cup

Canada Wins Bronze at Physics World Cup

By Clara Chung

Toronto, ON – A team of six Canadian delegates won bronze medals at the 30th International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), often dubbed the ‘Physics World Cup’, last week. IYPT is one of the largest international physics competitions for youths, alongside the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), and is highly recognized by top universities around the world.

Canada made its first IYPT appearance in July 2016 at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia. This year’s IYPT was hosted by the National University of Singapore from July 5th to 12th, and was attended by teams from 30 different countries from four continents. With only a single year of experience, the Canadian national team finished 14th this past Sunday, attaining a bronze medal with top competitors from South Korea and Switzerland. The team was composed of six Toronto-based high school students: Xiaoyang Chen (gr. 11 – team captain), Patrick Prochazka (gr. 11), Richard Zhu (gr. 10), Tian Miao Yu (gr. 11), Siyan He (gr. 12) and George Mo (gr. 11) lead by Ryan H. Lin and Xiaoran Jiang. This team of high school students comprises some of the top STEM talent in Canada; the students tackled advanced physical and mathematical theories, designed and conducted experiments, and analyzed data in preparation for this challenging tournament.

About IYPT

Each year, 17 open-ended physics problems are released for the students to research, experiment, and present their solutions in the following year’s competition. The roles of Reporter (Presentation), Opponent, and Reviewer are rotated among groups of teams, who are then graded by a jury of international experts. Whereas the IPhO is structured as theoretical and experimental exams, the preparation for IYPT imposes rigorous scientific methodologies that give a taste of what physics is truly about. The competition process itself requires the students to effectively communicate their findings with arguments clearly backed up with experimental data, and to consider different ways of unfolding seemingly simple problems. IYPT simulates the open-ended nature of research, allowing youths to hone an analytical approach useful in academia. Its international scale is a prime opportunity for precious interactions between brilliant young minds. For more information, please visit http://iypt.org.

 

About CaYPT

Whereas the IYPT is limited to one team per country, each participating country is required to have their own annual national competitions as part of a selection process for their national team. Canada hosted their very first national tournament — the Canadian Young Physicists’ Tournament (CaYPT) — on March 25th, 2017 at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Tremendous efforts had been put forth by a modest committee of three organizers to make the national-scale CaYPT happen this year. Nine teams attended the physics-filled day, connecting with peers and a jury composed of undergraduate to postdoctoral students studying at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Toronto. The winners of this tournament qualified to become the Canadian national team at the IYPT this year.

The current IYPT Member Organization for Canada is STEM Fellowship, a non-profit Canadian student-run organization. Along with CaYPT, STEM Fellowship organizes various STEM-based competitions and programs for youths such as the Big Data Challenge, which is recognized by major companies such as SAS and Microsoft. For more information, please visit www.stemfellowship.org.

 

Contact

To learn more about CaYPT and Canada’s contribution to the IYPT, please contact
Clara Chung, CaYPT Organizing Committee Head, STEM Fellowship
caypt@stemfellowship.org