Welcome to the MaCS Program, a specialized program at William Lyon Mackenzie C.I.
Mackenzie Science and Engineering Olympicshttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2015/03/zma.png
On Tuesday March 10th Mackenzie hosted its 9th annual MSEO (Middle School Math, Science and Engineering Olympiad). Eleven middle schools participated and over 115 Mackenzie students volunteered their time to put on this great event! Congratulations to all those who participated!
Our grade 10 MaCS students spent three days at the Canadian Ecology Centre participating in a high-tech winter ecology program. It was an amazing trip with a lot of fun and challenging activities!
Gold Medal Win at the PanAmerican Gameshttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2015/02/image001.jpg
Nikola Damjanovic (Grade 10 MaCS student) and his team participated at the Pan American Games this past weekend. As part of the Canadian Junior fencing team, Nikola earned a gold medal on Sunday. Congratulations to Nikola and his team!
Provincial DECA Championshipshttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2015/02/dec2.jpg
This past weekend the Provincial DECA Competition was held in Toronto. Congratulations to Travis Kuhne (Grade 12 MaCS student), Max Verzunov (Grade 11 MaCS student), Aditi Sriram (Grade 11 MaCS student), Sabrina Cancelliere (Grade 11 MaCS student), James Im (Grade 11 MaCS student), and Lucy Chen (Grade 10 MaCS student) for moving on to the International Championships which will be held in Orlando Florida this April!
SHAD Valley Summer Enrichment Programhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2015/02/IMG_20150218_120900-1.jpg
Congratulations to Isis So (Grade 11 MaCS student) and Aditi Sriram (Grade 10 MaCS student) for being selected by SHAD Valley to participate in their summer university enrichment program!
Congratulations to Kramay Patel (MaCS Alumni 2012) for winning the $5,000 Sunnybrook Research Prize. For more information please go to the Sunnybrook Hospital website: (http://sunnybrook.ca/research/media/item.asp?c=2&i=1234&f=would-be-scientists-share-enthusiasm-science)
Gene Researcher for a Weekhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2015/03/IMG_20150226_1218251.png
Congratulations to Sabrina Cancelliere (Grade 11 MaCS) and Katya Potapov (Grade 11 MaCS) for being selected to participate in the Gene Researcher for a Week program - a week-long mentorship in one of Canada's top genetic labs. They will be learning about genetic research by conducting hands-on science experiments at the Women's College Research Institute and the Hospital for Sick Children. They are very excited to be participating in this amazing program over the March Break!
Hour of Codehttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/12/hour-of-code-001.png
From December 8th to December 9th, 200 students participated in the Hour of Code initiative, which was open to programming beginners and masters alike. The event was run by 25 senior MaCS students from the Math, Computer Programming, and STEM clubs.
MaCS Entrance Examhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/12/image-1.png
Over 500 grade 8 students from all over the GTA registered for the MaCS program and arrived on Saturday December 6th to write the entrance test for the program and submit their application package. All applicants will be notified the week of February 1st 2015. Thank you to all those who applied!
Blake Fly, a motivational and TEDx speaker and author came to talk to our grade 11 and 12 students about the transition from high school to university. Blake really connected with the students and gave them practical success strategies for university life. Graduating MaCS students walked out of the assembly feeling empowered to finish strong.
Canadian Senior/Intermediate Mathematics Contesthttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/IMG_07301.png
Over 150 MaCS students participated in the Canadian Senior (CSMC) and the Intermediate Mathematics (CIMC) Contests. Students were given two hours to complete nine advanced math problems and demonstrate their understanding of different concepts.
Waterloo Math Workshophttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/IMG_07221.png
MaCS students in grades 9 through 12 attended a Waterloo math workshop where a math professor from the University of Waterloo talked to them about improving their problem solving skills and preparing them for the Canadian Senior/Intermediate Mathematics Contest. Students left with new strategies for contest taking and for writing proofs in math.
MaCS Information Nighthttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/macsinfonight1.png
It was standing room only in our cafeteria and library as more than one thousand parents/guardians and potential MaCS students gathered to learn more about our MaCS program and how to apply. Current MaCS students and MaCS Alumni spoke about their experiences in the program and answered questions from the audience.
Canadian Open Mathematics Competitionhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/COMC1.jpg
Many MaCS students participated in the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge. They had been preparing rigorously and we look forward to receiving the results in the next few months!
DNA Fingerprinting Labhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/10754783_727083917385284_1622079352_n.jpg
Some of our Grade 12 MaCS students had an expedition to the Ontario Science Centre. At the Science Centre, students performed PCR tests using their cheek cells to determine the frequency of one of their genotypes. Students also used k'nex to build a model of the DNA helix.
On Halloween, MaCS Students dressed up, participated in spooky activities and contests, and enjoyed a variety of food and refreshments.
McMaster Engineering & Science Olympicshttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/2014/11/McMaster-SO.jpg
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics at McMaster University. Students competed in many events, worked hard with their teams, and had an amazing time! Special mention to the Scavenger Hunt Team and the Monsoon Challenge Team for placing first in their event.
Grade 12 Catalyst Labhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/slideshow-gallery/wp001620.jpg
Our Grade 12 MaCS Biology students completed a lab where they investigated how different environmental conditions affect the enzymatic activity of catalase.
The Grade 9 MaCS students recently embarked on the annual trip to Muskoka Woods. At the resort, students enjoyed the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities! See more at the gallery.
Toronto Urban Film Festivalhttp://wlmac.ca/macsprogram/files/slideshow-gallery/00jpgsrz1.jpg
Congratulations to Jonah Haber (Grade 12 MaCS Student) whose film "James" is currently being featured at the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF)!
With over 350 students, a good portion of the student population at Mackenzie is part of this program. This program is a one of a kind, giving students many opportunities both academically and non-academically. Please feel free to take the time to search the site and learn about the many possibilities that are waiting for you. For a start, look at our Gallery Page for pictures and descriptions of a variety of activities/events our students take part in.
If you are interested in being a part of this elite program, please go to the Application Page for more information.
For present students, please go forward to the Current Events Page.
Thank you and I hope you enjoy your experience.
W.L. Mackenzie C.I.