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Dalhousie Math Circles - Exploding Dots

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 20, 2021 7:00:00 AM

On Wednesday, March 31st, Dalhousie University hosted its latest virtual Math Circles evening.  Dr. Asmita Sodhi (Dalhousie Mathematics Department) led the seminar, providing interactive opportunities and the mathematical motivation to make the event a great success.  The topic itself, Exploding Dots, had our curiosity piqued, and the ensuing mathematical connection did not disappoint. The hour-long presentation was an uplifting mathematical experience.  Time itself seemed to “explode”.  First, participants were introduced to a ”2 to 1” exploding dot machine, where they introduced numbers into the furthermost right block of a series of attached boxes, and watched as pairs of dots exploded into one dot in the adjacent box to the left.  This pattern continued in adjacent boxes until participants discovered that they were actually expressing numbers in base 2, or binary form.  

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Global Knowledge Winner – Sabine Wellard!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 19, 2021 6:30:00 PM

Congratulations to   Sabine Wellard (Grade 9), our KES Great Canadian Challenge Junior School winner!  She not only won two ‘sweet” prizes of maple syrup and Peace by Chocolate products, but she will be taking the ceremonial globe to classes and lunch to commemorate her “global knowledge”.   😀
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Mediocrity Wins!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 4, 2021 1:26:38 PM

On Saturday, March 27 th, our King’s-Edgehill School Robotics teams competed in Acadia University’s regional Robofest qualifier. Twenty-three teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island were involved in the tournament which was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
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Congratulations to our KES Junior Debaters!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 31, 2021 11:38:00 AM

On the first Saturday of the March Break, Junior School students   William Larder  (Grade 7),  Vincent Armstrong  (Grade 8),   Sadie Junger  (Grade 9) and   Danica Scully  (Grade 9) weren’t sleeping in; instead, they were up early and competing virtually at the NSDS Junior Provincial Debates.  This wonderful four-round event tackled such relevant education topics as: “This House would offer post-pandemic online education in schools” and “This House would switch from a numerical grading system to a pass/fail system.”  Global health topics were investigated too, as well as the crowd-pleasing “Assuming the feasibility, this House would bring back the dinosaurs”!

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Emerging Leader - Fox Sullivan

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 27, 2021 2:08:57 PM

A Windsor native,   Fox Sullivan  joined our School community in Grade 6 and is on pace to be a lifer. Over the course of the last four years, our Junior School staff have witnessed Fox’s personal growth from a quiet, fun-loving Grade 6 student to a leader in our Grade 9 class who is respected by all. A dedicated volunteer, hardworking student, and talented snowboarder, Fox has all the attributes of a role model for the students in our Junior School community.  He is a friend to all and is the type of student leader who does a lot of small things that might not be noticed by someone if they weren’t paying attention.
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Dalhousie Math Circles - Exploring Cryptography

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 9, 2021 7:10:00 PM

March is Fraud Prevention Month.  The stats are fascinating: according to internet security experts, it takes a hacker only a fraction of a millisecond to crack a simple password like “abcdefg”.  Add just one more character and the time increases to five hours.  Nine-character passwords typically take five days to break, and ten characters, four months to crack.  The timing was right last Wednesday, February 24th for Dalhousie’s Virtual Math Circles event that explored Cryptography, the science of encryption and security behind applications like banking transaction cards, computer passwords, and e-commerce transactions.  The presenter was Dr. Frank Fu, a postdoctoral researcher who showed us encryption methods used to safeguard the digital world.  The presentation began by discussing how checks can be made to ensure communication is secure online and that websites are legitimate.  Next, encryption and decryption were defined, and specific encoding methods were explored.  Caesar encryption, a shift cipher, was one of the easiest encryption techniques to learn. Each letter of the message is “shifted” a fixed number of positions (key) down the alphabet.   For example, if the key is “2”, the word “MAGIC” would be encrypted to “OCIKE”.  Dr. Fu pointed out that when trying to break a code, a frequency analysis of letters is beneficial.  A bar graph demonstrated that the letter “e” occurs most frequently, and much more so than the letter “q”.  With this in mind, participants were challenged to decrypt “ALIIP”.  Substituting a probable double “e” for the double “I”, leads to an encryption key of “-4”.  Moving four letters back from the original letters results in the word “WHEEL”.  Did you get it?  The seminar continued to explore more complicated encryption protocols.  I commend Lillian BloisHunter HoodWill LarderAnthony Wheeler and Owen Xu for their participation and contributions.  The next opportunity to attend Dalhousie Math Circles will be on March 31st.  It is a great form of Math enrichment for students of all grades.

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Making a Difference - One Search at a Time

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 4, 2021 5:03:00 PM

While our Junior School students may be the youngest on campus, there are regular glimpses of the burgeoning leaders they are in our community.  Such is the case with Grade 6 student   Rowan Francis, who was inspired by his sustainable development explorations in   Mr. LePoidevin’s  Social Studies class.  He researched and introduced the green benefits of adopting the search engine   Ecosia. Ecosia uses 80% of its profits from selling advertising to fund tree planting and other reforestation initiatives where they globally are needed most.  First, he presented to the Junior School the benefits of making Ecosia our default search engine and, this week, he pitched the idea at the Senior School Assembly.  Rowan’s passion to make a meaningful environmental difference was well received.  He had done his homework and clearly presented the facts:
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Junior School Science Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 28, 2021 5:01:28 PM

It’s once again time to announce our Science Fair winners for this year.  I was so pleased with the effort that each and every one of our students put into these projects.  Whether a ribbon was secured or not, each of our students should be proud of the time and effort that they put into this endeavour.  Many thanks to our Grade 11 IB Science students for their time in judging these projects, their patience in listening attentively to every presentation, and their careful deliberations in choosing our winners.  This event can’t happen without them!
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Emerging Leader - Danica Scully

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 11, 2021 11:42:00 AM

Danica Scully (Grade 9), a first-year student here at KES, is our latest Emerging Leader worthy of recognition. Despite joining our school just this year, Danica quickly made a name for herself as a leader in and out of the classroom. Her teachers are thrilled by her academic rigour, curiosity, and high standards, while her peers appreciate her kind and empathetic nature. Danica travels to KES each morning from her home in Tantallon, NS, but throughout the winter her day starts even earlier with a club soccer practice! Once here on campus, Danica has taken full advantage of every opportunity presented to her. She is a standout in the classroom, on the Prep Girls’ Soccer team, and also on the debating stage. Danica, who already won her coveted ‘sleeves’ (given exclusively to students who have won provincial championships) in debating this year, will soon be representing KES and Nova Scotia at a national debating tournament. There is no doubt that her keen intellect, critical thinking, and oration skills will once again be on display.
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Dalhousie Virtual Math Circles:  Logic and Puzzles

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 2, 2021 2:24:51 PM

Sarah Meng Li, a Mathematics and Computer Science Honours student at Dalhousie University, presented an interesting workshop on Logic and Puzzles on Wednesday, January 27th.  The presentation was virtual and several Junior School students took part interactively from home. The study of mathematics is about more than computation skills and memorized algorithms.  Ms. Li’s workshop focused on logic, a branch of mathematics that emphasizes a way of thinking, observing and understanding the world around us.  The language of logic was investigated:  propositions, connectives and truth tables were explored.  Then students got down to work, exercising good deductive reasoning skills as they tackled logic problems ranging in levels of difficulty.  Included in these activities was the popular “knights and knaves” logic puzzle, which involved knights who always tell the truth and knaves who always lie.  Other puzzles that demanded careful critical thinking skills were tackled as well.  Please click here if you would like to try one of the Math questions and click here to find the answer.  At the end of the session, Ms. Li complimented our KES group on their contributions and success. I commend Anthony Wheeler, Brin Lloyd, Ellie Blois, Hunter Hood, Lillian Blois and Owen Xu for their interest in mathematical enrichment and for being such excellent KES representatives.  The next Math Circles event will be on February 24th.  I hope to see you there!

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