Machine Learning and Deep Learning in Robots

Recently, the FSL Year 2 Engineering Stream has been working on building robotic vehicles made from 3D printed parts and circuitry in conjunction with two microbit controllers. As of current, these robots utilize the positioning of the microbit controller to determine whether to go forward, backward or to stop. For example, if the user tilts […]

Artificial Intelligence: Unravelling the Present by Predicting the Future

This past June, Google’s DeepMind developed a neural network capable of creating a three dimensional rendering from a single image. Named the Generative Query Network (GQN), the artificial intelligence (AI) can infer the entire layout of a virtual room without human interference. To do so, it uses the lighting, texture, and locations of objects to […]

What Came Before the Big Bang?

As I was reading Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, one of Tyson’s first chapters was a thorough explanation and timeline into the birth of the universe. However, I found it interesting that the book assumed the Big Bang was the first step. There must have been something else before our universe. […]

Music on the Brain

I do not, in any circumstance, consider myself a musical person. I played the recorder in grade four, the flute in grade six and the acoustic guitar in grade seven, but played none of them well. Hot Cross Buns was about the extent of my musical knowledge and capability. Despite my lack of musical talent, […]

Is blood only red?

A few weeks back, I had stayed up until 10:00 on a Friday night working on my English Short Story Assignment. Tired from trying to read it, I closed the book, but in the process of doing so, I got a papercut with dark, red blood jutting out from my finger. After washing my finger […]

AI and Depression

Depression © johnhain, CC BY 0 Depression is a type of mental illness that can have negative effects on how one feel, think and act. There are currently 300 million people in the whole world experiencing depression. Some of the feelings include a sense of sadness, hopeless, a loss of interest in daily activities, and […]

No More Jet Lag

Jet Lag © Alberto Vaccaro, CC BY 2.0 Just like any other teenager, I love sleeping in on weekends. On weekends, I usually go to bed at around 12:30 AM and wake up at 11:00 AM. On weeknights, I usually go to bed at 10:30 PM and wake up at 7:30 AM. In the past […]

My Experiences with STEAM Opportunities

In Vancouver, there are many opportunities for youth to get involved in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). I’ve had the privilege to take part in a few of them, so I’m going to touch on a few of the experiences I’ve had. Of course there’s Future Science Leaders, which I am super grateful to […]

The Asch Line Conformity Tests

An area of science that has always fascinated me because of its ability to provide an explanation for human behaviour and social interaction is psychology, especially the branch of social psychology.  A few weeks ago I watched a video called 10 Psychological Experiments You Would Never Believe Happened about social psychological experiments conducted mainly around […]

Mosquitos: Deadly or Helpful?

A few days back, I was looking through my family’s photo album of our 2010 trip to India. Alongside, the vivid memories of visiting my extended family and the bumbling city, I remembered how mosquitos were practically everywhere and the amount of itchy mosquito bites I got from my trip. Determined to find out more […]