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LIA offers a complete Canadian educational experience, leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and credentials to take on more challenging and competitive post-secondary programs in North America.
The STEM program explores trends and techniques in science and technology-related fields, and promotes experiential-based learning, which allows students to earn practical, hands-on experience in their classes. Students taking STEM credits as part of their OSSD requirements learn how to use technology to solve real-world problems, and also how to be responsible, global citizens.
Our STEM Courses include: Science, Math, Engineering, Calculus, Trigonometry etc. For more information about our STEM Program, please contact William Neal, the Director of STEM.
Using modular design principles to create complex programs, managing a large software development project, &exploring areas of research in computer science.
Learning the techniques for combing functions, understanding the rates of changes.
Broadening their understanding of rates of change & applying those concepts to the modelling of real-world relationships.
Deepening their understanding of physics concepts and theories & considering the impact of physics on society and the environment
Deepening their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes, equilibrium in chemical system, and electrochemistry.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a foundation dedicated to the promotion of STEM education and a shift in cultural values to recognize scientists and engineers in the way the media and sports stars are currently celebrated. Each year, FIRST runs a global robotics competition which challenges teams of students to design and build robots with specific capabilities and then test them in competition first regionally and then alongside teams from every part of the world at the world championships. London International Academy established its FRC Robotics team (#6162 Cap Alpaca) in 2015 and has competed in Windsor, London and North Bay. The FRC robotics team at LIA has three main groups with multiple sub-groups:
The story of 3D printing at LIA begins with a discussion in physics class. Interested students decided to form a club to learn more about 3D printing. This club came to be known as the Engineering Club. Over several years, students worked to build and test a Prusa Mendel 3D printer. This was not an easy process as the students needed to learn many of the underlying concepts of 3D printing such as electronics, software configuration and mechanical assembly. Having successfully built, configured printed with the Prusa Mendel, LIA students decided to build another 3D printer and donated it to the school – a Prusa i3. Now, LIA students use the 3D printers to print out parts for use in other projects such as the FRC Robots and the Farmbot.
Building on their success in 3D printing, LIA students have now moved on to working on other more ambitious projects. These include a Theremin which is a musical instrument that can be played without touching it, a Scanning Tunneling Microscope designed to produce images of atoms and a Farmbot which is capable of systematically planting and tending crops within the classroom or outside. Each of these projects seeks to expand the scope of the level of achievement that be expected of secondary school students. Each project also represents a means of developing a learning community that transcends the four walls of the school and fosters an environment where students recognize that their talents matter, that they are empowered to take initiative and that they should share these talents with others in a way that is beneficial to the wider community.
It is also linked to two academic courses at London International Academy: Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Science.