A Series of Unfortunate Grades

You’ve probably heard this a lot, right? You’ve heard it from your teachers, from leaders at your orientation, even from your heart. It’s in the same league of common knowledge that tells you not to write “LOL WTF” to conclude your paper on neoliberalism.

This knowledge I’m talking about is of course, is the awareness that your grades will drop in your first year of university. I really could’ve just said that at the beginning, but I’m a big fan of ridiculously unnecessary explanations.

It is estimated that the average first year university student will see a 10% drop in marks from their last year in high school.

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I was consistently reminded of this in high school, and I always thought it was bogus. First of all – teacher, you know my name, not my story. Second of all, I thought you guys were supposed to be the wind beneath my wings – why won’t you let me fly?

Well they were right. I’m glad they prepared me. Preparation was the key to my sanity. Grade deflation happens to almost everybody. Maybe some people won’t drop as far as others, but it is unrealistic to assume you can keep up the same momentum that you did in the comfort of high school.

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The drop in grades is inevitable. There are so many things you have to adapt to in university – whether it is living alone for the first time, balancing your social life, or dealing with the fact that “hamburger” essays just don’t cut it anymore. It would be absurd to assume that you are able keep up a 90%+ average in university in your first year, all while trying to adjust to a completely new environment.

The most important thing to remember is that this is not permanent. Your grades will get better, and eventually, with enough dedication, you will be able to bounce back and start receiving grades that you were used to getting in your high school days. In first year you’ll learn from your mistakes, and grow from them..Can I have a mac with that cheese?

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You’ll learn the importance of time management – maybe you shouldn’t go the Green Room if you have a final the next day?

You’ll learn the importance of taking courses that you’re actually interested in – sure, if you take that botany class, you’ll have Thursday AND Friday off, but do you even know what botany is?

You’ll learn that first-year grades are just that – first-year grades. You still a few more years to improve your GPA, and be honest with yourself. Do you really think most grad schools will be rejecting you on the basis of your first year grades? (Hint: they will not.)

You after first year. via: http://tinyurl.com/pv4x58y

So, UofT, just like that one poster you’re embarrassed of owning says: “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Hollywood North

My view of the "Pixels" movie set last week.

My view of the “Pixels” movie set last week.

My first clue that something unusual was happening on my walk to work last week was the trucks and trailers full of equipment. Once I saw the overturned cars (including some that were cut in half, surrounded by block-shaped debris), it became obvious: I was on a film set!

It turns out that the movie being filmed was Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Ashley Benson, all of whom were spotted on campus near the Huron Street set. It’s apparently about a group of video gamers charged with fending off an 8-bit alien attack, which makes the giant blocks/pixels make a lot more sense! It was great to talk about the set with you all on the Life @ U of T Facebook and Twitter pages, especially when some of you got to meet the stars of the film.

The timing was perfect, since the week before I asked you on social media about your favourite movies and TV shows filmed at U of T (I’m not psychic, I swear!). Since my movie-related excitement hasn’t yet died down, I thought I’d share my own personal favourite on-screen U of T sightings.

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via torontoist.com

5. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I’ve never actually seen this one, but the screenshot that @UofTGradRoom shared with me on Twitter was too good not to include! The film features the destruction of beautiful Knox College, and apparently also a military invasion of the Koffler Building.

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4. Fringe (pilot, 2008)

The pilot of the science fiction show also features Knox College (understandable, it’s gorgeous there!), as well as UC and King’s College Circle. I remember crowding into a common room with friends in first year to watch this episode, solely to spot our new campus home.

3. One Week (2008)

I loved this movie about a cross-country journey in search of meaning when I was in high school. But since I was about to move to Toronto to go to U of T, the most exciting part was definitely the montage at the end, when the main character returns to the city. I can’t find a picture of it, but there were shots of both Trinity College and the statue in Queen’s Park!

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2. Mean Girls (2004)

You saw this coming, right? Mean Girls is pretty much a classic. In case you saw it back before you were familiar with U of T, the mathletes competition towards the end was filmed in our very own Convocation Hall!

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via torontoist.com

1. Orphan Black (2013-present)

Orphan Black is seriously one of the best things on TV right now. If you haven’t seen the science fiction thriller yet, your homework is to watch the first episode tonight! Tatiana Maslany plays a group of clones, and the range of their personalities and mannerisms is astounding. One of the clones is a graduate student studying evolutionary developmental biology, so she spends a fair amount of time at collegiate locations like the above St. Michael’s College.

What are your favourite movies or TV shows filmed on campus, U of T?

Museum Mania

One of the big reasons that I chose to come to U of T over other Universities was the city of Toronto and all the things it has to offer. As a history student I love all the Museums in the city, most of which are all super close to campus. Being a student however, means living on a limited amount of cash and fun things are notorious for being mean to your wallet. The museums get this though and many museums and galleries offer free student days. All you need is your TCard and you can spend hours hanging out with the busts of your favourite people from Ancient Rome, pretending to live in the Victorian dining room, or getting really freaked out in the bat cave.

The Royal Ontario Museum: Free every Tuesday for U of T students with a TCard. My favourite galleries are the Ancient Greece and Rome and the Style through the years ones (8-year-old me really loved digging for “dinosaur bones” but the children look at 20-year-old me strangely when I try to do it now).

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Some people really hate the new facade of the ROM emerging from the old building, but I think it looks really really awesome.

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Middle: somehow I had never been in the Canada gallery (I’m ashamed at myself too) but I actually really loved it. I also want that red couch.

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Snaps from my fav places around the ROM: the Egypt Gallery, Ancient Greece and Rome Gallery, Totem Pole, Canada Gallery.

The Gardiner Museum: free for U of T students every Tuesday. This is right across from the ROM on Avenue Road and has Ceramics, Clay, and Glass (I love the contemporary Canadian Gallery, there is an amazing suitcase in there). It’s so close to campus you can actually see a Vic Building (Annesley Hall) in these pictures. They also have clay classes here that you can sign up for if a visit gets you super inspired to create. DSCF3809DSCF3815

The Bata Shoe Museum: Every Thursday evening between 5 and 8 pm, admission is Pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $5. If the name didn’t clue you in this museum is all about shoes which means it’s got a lot of information that you won’t really find elsewhere. I went on a class trip here (oh yeah, some University classes have field trips  and they’re way better than in High School) and we got to see a presentation and a lot of shoes from history up close - it was super cool.  DSCF3828DSCF3832

The Art Gallery of Ontariofree every Wednesday from 6-8:30pm. On Dundas and McCaul this is a bit further from campus but is well worth the walk because ART! (although I need someone to explain Modern Art to me… Why is a pile of rocks and cheetos on the floor art??). 

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What’s your favourite Museum/Gallery in Toronto? Leave it in the comments below! 

Monday: Funday

Monday.

Statistically proven to be the most vile, evil, and dreadful word in the English language.

If you are a normal human being, and not some sort of computer, you would know what I mean by that. We Homo sapiens are mortal and have a lot of weaknesses. On top of things like getting burned by fire – billions of years of evolution still has not saved us from the too-real-for-words “Monday Blues.”

I’m not going to sugarcoat it… I don’t like Mondays. If Monday was an ice cream flavor it would be vanilla. Actually, no, that’s too nice – Monday would be vanilla ice cream mixed with the mud you find in the Trinity College quad after it rains. It’s both bland, and ghastly at the same time.

Me on Mondays. via: http://tinyurl.com/mmuq34p

So how do I do it week after week? I don’t. I’m kind of just forced because as an undergraduate student, I unfortunately do not have the power to get rid of Mondays.

There’s no power in this infinite universe that can make Mondays objectively appealing, but there a few things that you do can do to add some chocolate chips into that vanilla.

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First and foremost, organize your weekend: I’m extremely guilty of leaving all my work until the Sunday, and then deeply regretting that choice. No, I’m not saying that you should do all your work on Friday – I’m saying that you should spread your work out evenly throughout your break, and make Sunday your relaxation day. Nothing feels worse than having to crawl into Monday after having spent the entire day beforehand catching up. It basically turns Sunday into Monday, and Monday into Monday #2. The worst.

Monday #2. The reason why doves cry. via: http://tinyurl.com/lwmw6be

Then voilà!  You have Sunday to be happy! It is your day to do whatever you want. For me, this usually ends up with me baking inappropriate amounts of banana bread while watching old episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey (only the ones where they were really trashy) whenever I’m not napping. Basically, I turn into a hermit, and that’s okay! I need to recharge my social battery; it helps make my Monday a lot more tolerable, and [audible gasp] even enjoyable. You may be different though, and that’s okay as well, everybody has different ways of entertaining themselves, the point is you should try as much as possible to make Sunday about you.

While it’s important to have fun, please don’t try and have too much fun. By that I mean, don’t be like me and think it’s a good idea to stay up until 4am trying to figure out the cheat codes to the Kim Kardashian Hollywood game, because it’s 4am and getting on the A-List is the most important thing in your life right now. It may seem that way, but it’s not. Having proper rest on a Sunday night is imperative to the sanity of your Monday mornings!

Dressing fab on Mondays will also make your day a bit more sensational. via: http://tinyurl.com/oddhtrf

Lastly, always remember that Monday is just another day. Don’t let it sour your day, stay optimistic, and your day will be positive.

#Foodie – The Off-Campus Food Scene

To be completely honest, I don’t even know what the exact definition of a foodie is, although you’ll often find me claiming to be one. Urban dictionary had way too many varying explanations, so that didn’t help much either. I do know that the real star is the food. Which is why I recently wrote a post about making your own food, or trying some of the great food that U of T has to offer. What I like to keep in mind though, is that I’m here for about 4 years. I don’t plan on making couscous every day when some of the best places to eat are just off campus.

Being in the heart of downtown Toronto, I always like to try out what our amazing city has to offer! It’s all a part of the student experience, right?  I’ve spent many a study session abandoning my books and going for walks around the outskirts of our campus, and I’ve found some really great places. Here are a few of my favorite eateries so far!

Millie Creperie near Spadina and College – This one was a fairly recent find. A friend and I decided to walk around the area and we found this place tucked away in Kensington. The crepes are served in this little cone, which doesn’t make it any easier to eat, but makes it cuter to look at!

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Must-try: Mango Tango Crepe

Banh Mi Boys near Queen and Spadina – I found Banh Mi Boys during my Toronto staycation and although it’s probably the furthest spot from U of T, it’s definitely worth the walk! I never realized my love for Vietnamese food until I came across this place!

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Must-try: I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Kim-chi fries!

Fresh near Bloor and Spadina – If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you have to try this place out! They have amazing smoothies and a fairly large menu with vegan/vegetarian versions of your favorite foods! Must-try: Sweet Potato fries! They were good enough that I didn’t even have time to take a picture :(

Dlish Cupcakes near Yonge and Bloor – Dlish does amazing cupcakes. There are so many flavours to choose from, and it’s conveniently close by to campus in Yorkville. #classy.

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Must-Try: …cupcakes?

Sakura Sushi near Bloor and Spadina – Even if you aren’t a fan of sushi, this place has plenty to offer in terms of udon, grilled meats, desserts and more. Also, did I mention it was all you can eat? *Cheers*

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Must-try: It’s all you can eat. Try Everything

So that was my foodie adventure (so far). So tell me U of T, what are your favourite off-campus places to eat? 

Star Tunes

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(via wonderfulengineering.com)

I’ve always been fascinated with space (as a kid I owned a cassette called “Star Tunes” that taught me the names of the planets in catchy songs that I can still sing today). There’s so many cool things to learn about, and it inspires an incredible amount of wonder when you really think about how big and crazy the universe is.

This interest in space came back into my mind this weekend as I camped near Georgian Bay. The one thing that struck me the most was how beautiful the stars are. As a downtown city dweller, it’s easy to forget how bright and wonderful the night sky can look when you’re out in the country!

U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics is really good at harnessing public excitement for what lies beyond the Earth. They run a variety of outreach programs in conjunction with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

The view from inside a digital planetarium (via digitalplanetariums.com)

The view from inside a digital planetarium (via digitalplanetariums.com)

In the past few months, I’ve gone to a couple of the public planetarium shows that they host. Did you know that the astronomy building has a digital planetarium? It’s an inflatable dome with enough chairs to fit about 25 people. Visual representations of parts of the galaxy, both real pictures and theoretical models, can be projected onto the surface as an astronomer leads the group through a talk about a specific topic.

The shows I’ve been to have been about the life and death of stars, and interesting details about our solar system. Despite being a science student who’s gleefully watching Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos, I still walked out of each show excited about the new things I had learned. The small group setting of the shows makes it easy to ask questions and indulge your curiosity!

The next show is on August 28, titled “Galaxies, Planets, and Life in the Universe”, and I’d highly recommend it to any curious space fans!

The Milky Way galaxy (via huffingtonpost.com)

The Milky Way galaxy (via huffingtonpost.com)

In case you can’t make it, though, let’s talk about some fun space facts right here in this blog post. U of T Astronomy has an online feature called “Ask An Astronomer” where you can submit your questions and have them answered by an expert. They’ve compiled all of the answers onto the website, and the database is a treasure trove.

Here’s some of my favourite facts that I learned:

  • The Milky Way and Andromeda, our neighbouring galaxy, will collide in 4-5 billion years.
  • It takes light 8 minutes to reach us from the sun.
  • There are several thousand satellites orbiting the Earth right now.
  • The Super Massive Black Hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy weighs as much as 4 million suns.
  • Astronomers have automated detectors that can find new comets, asteroids and supernovae. No more staring at the night sky, I guess!
  • And my favourite fact from “Ask An Astronomer” is just so good that I have to quote it from them verbatim: “An interesting fact is that if you were indestructible you could hide inside a Black Hole and no one would ever see you, although you would be able to see everyone. The problem is you would never be able to get out as well.”

Go stare at some stars, U of T! 

Chapter One: Buying Books

Now that everyone has done battle with ROSI and (hopefully) come out victorious (if a bit wounded) it’s time to start thinking about textbooks! Well actually it’s a bit early to start thinking of textbooks but at the rate this summer is going it will be September before we know it. When to buy textbooks is always a topic of debate; some prefer to wait until after the first class so that they will know if anything has been changed or how vital the book is to the class; while others like to buy them ahead of the first class because they like to be super prepared. It’s all up to you!

The U of T Bookstore3The U of T Bookstore is the primary place that I go to to get my textbooks. It’s the main place that profs order books to so it is a pretty safe bet for your books. In addition to fiction books and textbooks for most classes the bookstore has stationary/school supplies, a Canada Post office, U of T gear, and a tech/electronics section. 2 1 Books in the bookstore are grouped on shelves with labels for each class so you know you’re getting the right stuff (but its best to go in with a list, just in case someone put a pile somewhere incorrect).DSCF3719The bookstore doesn’t have much stock right now but come September it will be plentiful.

I like buying from the U of T Bookstore because you often get to buy good condition used copies of the books you need and have the option to rent books out (you can highlight and write in rented books and also have the option of buying them out before the end of the semester if you decide you want to keep it).

 

The Bob Miller Book RoomDSCF3689 The Bob Miller Book Room on Bloor is another place that professors may order books. In my experience literature classes, ethics, and Trin One books have been bought here. The store is pretty small and has very helpful staff and labels under stacks of books for specific classes. One thing about this store is that there are no returns so be VERY sure that this is the right book/that you are staying in the course. They also have kind of weird hours and weren’t open on the Saturday I went there for reasons unknown.

It's directly across from the ROM and the sign looks like this. It's in the basement of this building.

It’s directly across from the ROM and the sign looks like this. It’s in the basement of this building.

 

RobartsDSCF3696Robarts obviously isn’t a bookstore but it does come in handy for accessing course textbooks. Some textbooks are in the stacks and can be found through the library website, while others are put into the course reserves. The course reserves is a small section on the 4th floor of Robarts (take the escalators or the floor 1-5 elevator) and is non-lending, meaning you have to sit in there and read whatever you need to. I found this useful for times when you aren’t sure if you’ll be staying in the course, or when your prof has “recommended” textbooks that you don’t want to buy but want to glance over a bit before a midterm.DSCF3698 DSCF3700

Indigo DSCF3680The Indigo in the Manulife centre (Bay and Bloor) can be useful for some novels or other books that might not have been ordered in time from the bookstore. They also have some pretty cool notebooks and gift items. Obviously it’s a chain bookstore so it has tons of fiction and non-fiction books plus home and lifestyle sections. Its super close to campus and basically a great store so that’s why I’ve included it.DSCF3684 DSCF3682

Some handy websites:
• tusbe.com is a website where you can list and find books and purchase them from other U of T students. There can be some good deals from upper years desperately trying to make some room in their apartments so that they aren’t crushed by falling stacks of textbooks. I know you’ve all heard the “don’t meet up with strangers from the internet” blurb 100 times but really bring a friend and meet sellers in public places, do it for me so I can sleep at night.

Amazon is another place where you can buy books. You generally can get good deals here (some used books may actually be new and super cheap), one downside being that you do have to wait for it to ship which can be annoying when you have readings to do.

Super secret tip that I’m telling you because I like you and you read all the way to the end: make sure to check out the used book sales happening across campus in the fall for textbooks for your winter courses. I did this in first year and found one of my books for $4!

So U of T, do you have any tips you have for scoring good deals on your textbooks? Leave them in the comments below! 

Study Time Playlist

I feel like I’m not the only person in the world who’s had trouble focusing on schoolwork. I mean if you’ve never had difficulty studying in your life, then I can only assume that you’re a deity that has ascended civilization itself. Or Steve Urkel.

Either way, I want to help people like me. I find doing schoolwork much easier when I listen to music. No — I don’t mean classical music (Sorry Api!). When I study I need fun, ridiculous, overly dramatic anthems. The type of music that you sing in the shower.

Humour, like duck tape, fixes everything — so why not add a little humour into your study session?

So here are a few tracks I handpicked out from my iconic study playlist to help you start one of your own!

“Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry!”

You don’t think you’re going to do so well on that test this afternoon. It’s only worth 10%… Let it go, because you’re going to rock the next test.

“So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you”

It’s April… It is 11pm… You have two exams on the same day tomorrow. Cast your fears aside, because you will survive.

“Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb”

Remember that paper assigned to you at the start of the semester? The one you were so excited to write about? The one about Miley Cyrus’ derailment of third wave feminism? It’s due tomorrow, and you only have 250 out of 3000 words typed. It’s a climb, but just keep pushing on.

“I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m not gon’ give up (What?)
I’m not gon’ stop (What?)
I’m gon’ work harder (What?)
I’m a survivor (What?)
I’m gonna make it (What?)
I will survive (What?)
Keep on survivin’ (What?)”

So, you barely survived that first astronomy test last month. The next test is tomorrow. That doesn’t matter because you’ve been studying for a week. There’s nothing that TA can do to stop you from getting that well-deserved A.

“Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day yeah
If you hold on”

Okay. You’re not actually studying anymore – you just finished watching Bridesmaids on Netflix. You need to stop finger-drumming, the security guard is stink-eyeing you.

“Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel”

If this playlist was a multiple choice test, this would pretty much be the “all of the above” option. This works for every scenario – I promise.

So, UofT, what do you listen to? I want to know! Comment below, or tweet me @Ondiek_UofT.

 

My School-Year Resolutions

Back in January, in the midst of all the New Year’s hype, I made the same general resolutions I always do: Eat healthier. Exercise more. Try harder at school. I’m not ashamed to say that I usually break them within a month, and continue on with my junk-food-laden, physically inactive, sleeps-through-lecture life.

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Add a box of Oreos and this is literally me. Source: www.ssandmann.tumblr.com

Well my friends, I sleep easy because my real resolutions start at the point in the year when I feel that my life is starting its next level: the school year!

It’s a ritual I’ve practiced since I was a little kid: Every year, I give myself the first day of school pep talk and think about my school year resolutions. What are my goals? What do I want to accomplish? What do I need to improve on?

After my rollercoaster ride of a first year here at U of T, I resolved to 1) Get more involved and 2) Attend ALL my lectures and tutorials. Sweet and simple. The result was an incredible second year, with better grades, more confidence and a happier Api (if that’s even possible).

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Happier than this?????

After much contemplation, here are my school year resolutions for third year:

1) Get help as soon as I need it. I have gotten a little better at this over the last 2 years. I attended the occasional office hour, I tried to ask questions at tutorials and I even got some guidance from the Academic Success Centre. But, I realize that running to the professor or TA one week before the final about a topic from the first lecture is probably not the best choice.

2) Relax more!  I’ve had issues with anxiety and stress in the past, so I’ve decided that I want to do something fun or relaxing to let loose every so often during the school year. I want activities that will cause me zero stress, like yoga classes at the Athletic Centre, or even one of the creative classes at Hart House!

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Unfortunately there are no rocks for me to relax and wistfully gaze off over the water on in the middle of the city.

3) Watch fewer TV shows.  Okay, this one sounds like one of those generic New Year’s resolutions, but hear me out. I am not a casual TV watcher. I am a fangirling, fictional-character-loving, Netflix-binge-watching TV show enthusiast. I have spent an embarrassing number of hours catching up on the week’s shows at Robarts (yes, even during exam season) and I think it’s time I put a stop to it. So please, if you ever catch me trying to stifle my laughter while staring at my laptop in a quiet study area, remind of this post and my public declaration to stop.

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My reaction when people tell me to stop watching TV. Source: www.cokelame.tumblr.com

So tell me U of T, what are your goals or resolutions for the year? Let me know down in the comments, or tweet me @Api_UofT!

Blue Sky Solar Racing

The B7 car competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. (via flickr.com/photos/blueskysolar)

The B7 car competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. (via flickr.com/photos/blueskysolar)

I first saw one of Blue Sky Solar Racing’s cars at Science Rendezvous, an all-ages event designed to generate interest in science. The sleek solar panel-covered creation glided down the road, chased by a group of excited children. While the students and parents standing around did not join in the chase, they were clearly just as excited and fascinated by the sun-powered car. Let’s face it, solar racing is awesome!

Blue Sky Solar Racing has existed at U of T for 18 years, during which they have built seven different cars.

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The bottom half of B7. There’s a little stuffed koala clinging to the cockpit!

Their main goal is to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia every two years. It’s an impressive feat: six days of driving from 8 am to 5 pm from the north to south end of the continent, recharging the car’s battery with the sun each morning. They drive on actual roads (alongside real cars!) so have to deal with traffic, weather and road conditions. It’s a lot to think about for a team of 20 student scientists, but they’re good at it; in 2013, Blue Sky came eighth out of 40 cars.

When they aren’t in Australia, the full 120-person Blue Sky team is busy designing, building and teaching people about solar cars. Last week, I had the chance to tour their workshop in the Engineering Annex building. The B7 car, in two separate top and bottom parts, took up most of the space, though there were tools and materials scattered all over the room.

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The underside of the top half of B7.

They are currently in the process of designing their next car, to be raced in 2015. The driver will be off to one side, in line with the wheels instead of in the centre like a traditional vehicle. This should make the car more aerodynamic, and hopefully the new car will end up weighing less than the B7’s 250 pounds (which is already less than a quarter of the weight of a regular car!).

Managing director Zhe Gong’s favourite part of being involved with Blue Sky is “watching other people and himself become better engineers and professionals” (though going to Australia is a nice perk!). Blue Sky is an incredible learning experience for everyone involved – it’s a chance to work on a multi-disciplinary and entrepreneurial project while still an undergrad.

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Some design ideas taking form. Note the picture of the thumbs-up guy in the top left corner!

Technical skills are certainly necessary to design and build a solar car from scratch, though there is a diverse range of students on the team. The business team is responsible for forming partnerships with industry and alumni to get materials and consultations, as well as recruiting for the team and promoting sustainable transportation to the community at large. Gong estimates that 10 per cent of the team does not have an engineering background. They even once had a director who was a philosophy student!

Keep an eye out for Orientation Sessions in September, though this is a club where entrepreneurial students who like to learn on their own will excel.

As a reminder that solar racing is an exciting thing to learn about, a group of high school students from the DEEP summer academy streamed in for a tour as I was leaving, full of questions about different parts of the car. Clearly Blue Sky gets people excited about science!