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Toronto Catholic District School Board

James Cardinal McGuigan Science Club
The Science Club at James Cardinal McGuigan High School promotes community-building and student success through various objectives. Students become intrigued and develop a genuine interest in science-oriented careers, they learn leadership skills, and experience the rewards of giving back to their community. For approximately 2-3 hours, every Thursday after school, students are exposed to a variety of differentiated teaching tools and learn to use the most up to date technology available in science education. They perform a variety of designed activities specifically geared towards teaching the proper care and use of sophisticated science equipment applied to all three major disciplines of science; biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will have access to:

• Vernier® Probeware and Logger Pro® software for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Water Quality, Human Physiology, and Environmental Science
• a variety of biology, physics, and chemistry teaching tools, such as gel electrophoresis, 3-dimensional models, optics and electricity kits, and spectroscopy equipment
• wireless laptop technology, and computer-animated web tutorials

The Science Club at James Cardinal McGuigan High School creates a dynamic and highly effective learning environment that motivates students to learn, empowering them by giving them a leadership role in their community. Science club students organize and facitlitate science demonstrations during Grade 8 Information Night, as well as run the science labs during “Science Day” for our grade 7 and 8 students in our feeder school communities. By doing this, students become enganged while gaining the necessary manipulative skills and training techniques to channel them towards 21st century science-oriented careers. Subject areas may include: 
Body Systems, Health and Physical Fitness
• Digestive System and Nutrition
• Cardiovascular Systems and Exercise Science
• Defense Against Infectious Disease
• The Human Body Machine
Cell Biology and Biotechnology
• Genetic Engineering
• Forensic Science 
Sustainability and Biodiversity
• Basic Ecology
• Water, Soil, and Air Quality
• Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystem Profiling
• Population Dynamics 
• Matter and Its Properties
• Pure Substances and Mixtures
• Industry and Refinement of Mineral Resources 
Chemical Reactions
• Chemistry and Its Impact on the Environment 
• Conservation
• Renewable Sources 
• Simple Motion
• Forces, Simple Machines, and Efficiency 
• Properties
• Mirrors, Lenses and Their Application