Math – The Fractal Foundation Educator’s Guide

The Fractal Foundation

A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.

For a simple description of fractals, please download our “One Pager” (380Kb).

For more detailed info, please download our 20 page “Educators’ Guide” (7.5Mb).

Fractal Triangle – Fractal Foundation

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Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Contest

Youth Remembrance Contests

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Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding Annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance.

 

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Poster and Literary Contests

The contests are divided into four categories:

 

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6
  • Primary: Grades 1, 2, 3 (Poster Contest only)

The Poster Contest is divided into two categories: colour and black and white. The Literary Contest is divided into two categories: essay and poem. Entries are submitted at the Branch level and winning entries proceed to the provincial and then national level.

Prizes

 

The winning entries for each category at the national level are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year. For the Poster Contest, the second place winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, are displayed in the foyer of the House of Commons during the Remembrance period in November.

For the senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay and one poetry), the Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service. There, the winners place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada as well as have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

 

Entering and regulations

Students can enter as many contests as they wish, but can submit only one entry per category.

Local Legion Branches determine the Poster and Literary Contests deadlines for entries. To participate, schools should contact their local Legion in September for information. Contact your local Branch for details.

Download the Youth Education brochure

Download the application form

 

Judging

Initial judging takes place at the community level by volunteers at local Legion Branches. The winning entries are then judged at the provincial level. The winners at this level are sent to Ottawa where the national winners are declared. The winnin

 

g entries are published in the Winners Booklet which is sent to all Branches and available to schools.

Download the Judging Guidelines

Past winners

2017 | 2016 | 2015 |2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

The Legion encourages schools to contact their local Legion Branch for details on coordinating the Poster and Literary Contests.

Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

https://environmentaldefence.ca/2017/10/05/national-competition-invites-canadian-youth-share-local-plastic-pollution-solutions/

Hey, students (& Teachers)!

(Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.)

The world has a big plastic pollution problem on its hands. And there’s a creative way for you to be part of the solution.

Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program has just launched its annual eco-journalism competition for youth. The theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

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For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.

Winners will be published by Alternatives Journal magazine. First place winners in each category will go on to compete in the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Plastic pollution is getting out of control

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Photo credit: Cristina Bergman

 

Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet. Here’s a quick look at how big this problem really is:

The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.

Tips to help you get started

Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.

Visit youngreporters.ca to learn more. And good luck!

P.S. Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.

Climate Comic Contest 2017

http://cdn.worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/2017/09/PPT-Climate-Comic-Contest-Workshop.pdf

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PARTICIPATE IN OUR CONTEST

WHAT

Learn more about climate change AND create a superhero with an earth-saving adventure! The world will vote on the top submissions at the UN Climate Conference, COP23.

The winner will bring their superhero to life in comic-book form worldwide on earth day! Are you ready to save the world?

WHY?

  • To show the world that young people are superheroes for climate change.
  • To become an official author of Comics Uniting Nations

WHEN

  • Submit your superhero by Oct 22, 2017

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2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

frogs-are_green-header-20151Calling all children ages 3-17!

Announcing the 8th Annual Kids Art Contest! Hosted by Frogs Are Green.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as:

  • (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D;
  • Most Unusual;
  • Best Environmental;
  • Best Black and White.
  • Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2018. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Green permission to use your artwork. Credit to artists will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): The custom designed Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and Frogs Are Green‘s newest books.

This years theme is… Amphibians & Reptiles!

Yes, children can draw any amphibian or reptile! Turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and more! They can also draw rainforests, ponds, wildlife in trees or water, or how they feel about climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment. Here are a few links to provide much need information and photos for reference:

2017 poster design with featured 2016 winning artworks from the top: Vanessa Qiu, Geethma Tashani Thalangama, Minju Kim.

2017 kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Design by Susan Newman.

Kids Write 4 Kids Contest – deadline March 31, 2017

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It’s Story Time!

Are your students sharing stories on Instagram, Musical.ly or Snap Chat?  Do they write outlandish stories for classroom assignments that bring tears to your eyes? Kids Write 4 Kids is seeking children in grades 4 – 8, who have an interest in sharing tales of adventures, travel or something that makes them giggle.

Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In addition to author fame, the annual proceeds from book sales are donated to that year’s winners’ schools. School(s) are also provided with the option of selling their author’s book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year’s judging panel.

Kids Write 4 Kids has published 10 winning titles from youth authors across Canada. These books are available in the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Get these links at our website.

Want to know more about the experience? Watch this video that Safaa Ali, one of our first authors, shared with us, on how Kids Write 4 Kids impacted her and boosted her confidence.

View contest details here

For tips on writing a good story, visit http://www.aaronshep.com/youngauthor/elements.html

You can also visit here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks.