Bright Lights in the Lab took place this year from July 4 to July 14, 2017. This is the only high school neuroscience summer camp in Canada. Over the last 5 years over 275 students have attended.
In May 2016 Anand Mahadevan received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Firefly nominated Anand for this well deserved recognition based on our experience working with him over the last five years on our summer camp, Bright Lights in the Lab. We asked Anand to tell us about what Bright Lights has come to mean to him.
Firefly Foundation was thrilled to collaborate with the Rotman Photography Association to host a silent auction celebrating memories through photography. The funds raised at this event - combined with the support offered by the Rotman Graduate Business Council and our own fundraising efforts - enabled Firefly to offer a total of 18 students scholarships and financial aid to attend our Bright Lights in the Lab camp in 2016.
In 2015, 14 high schools, with 48 students competed and following three rounds of competition the winners were: Shannon Eagan (first place), Laura Newcombe (second place) and Ruby Zhang (third place). Both Shannon and Ruby were from University of Toronto Schools, while Laura was representing North Toronto Collegiate Institute. The Top Ranking Novice Participant Award went to Justin Lu (Upper Canada College).
Bright Lights in the Lab is back for a second year with an expanded program for students who love science. Once again the camp was hosted at University of Toronto Schools, from July 7-18. This year more than 50 high school students ranging from Grade 7 through 12 worked with teachers, PhDs and graduate students from U of T to perform science experiments on behavior, learning and memory.