Foods to Boost Your Brain!

Foods to Boost Your Brain!

It’s almost THAT time of the year again! You know – when you gotta wake up nice and early in the morning? When your evenings are consumed by mountains of homework? And when weekends become THE most blessed thing you can imagine? You don’t seem too excited… Or maybe you are… BUT ANYWAY, the school year is starting and here are 5 foods that can help you boost your memory and concentration to help you with all that learning!

Math problems you can solve on the TTC!

Math problems you can solve on the TTC!

We’ve all been there: you’re sitting on the subway, there’s absolutely ZERO service on your phone (but you’re still checking it anyway) and you start to read ads to avoid making contact with just about everyone. And chances are you’re thinking “yeah, well what else could I be doing on public transit? It’s not like I could be doing something totally awesome like MATH, right?” WELL, YES YOU CAN! Here is some awesome and simple Math you can do on the TTC to occupy your mind!

Summer Vacation Math!

Summer Vacation Math!

So you’ve got a TOTALLY awesome vacation coming up! You’re gonna visit some cool sights, try some new food and relax on gorgeous coasts OR none of that at all, it’s YOUR vacation, make it what you want! That all sounds really nice right?! BUT WAIT! Obviously you didn’t forget that everything that goes into planning a super awesome trip involves math, did you? OF COURSE YOU NOT! So we’ll help you out with planning your much deserved vacay with the power of MATH!

5 Awesome Algorithms You Use Everyday!

5 Awesome Algorithms You Use Everyday!

What exactly is a mathematical algorithm? Well, simply put, an algorithm is the process of steps or calculations that must be done to find a solution to a problem or situation. That probably doesn’t sound too exciting. But guess what? Math is Everywhere and so are algorithms! Now here are 5 super awesome algorithms that you probably use every day!

5 Kickass STEM Jobs Of The Future

Sometimes it feels like you’re at TMG just to get your marks up, get into a good university and then forget everything you learned in high school math and science. But it turns out that high school math and science can get you really far! STEM skills (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are the most valuable job skills in 2018, and will continue to be valuable in the years to come.

So we put together a guide of super cool jobs (read: official Netflix meme creator) that use STEM skills to show you how all the data management, calculus, functions, physics, bio and chem are WORTH the work! Plus, we show you how you can create a path to getting to these jobs.

We listed jobs below like ESPN statistician, virtual reality designer/mental health counsellor and more that require the STEM skills that YOU have!

Move over Brad. One day, YOU’LL be on this cover!

Move over Brad. One day, YOU’LL be on this cover!

Data Science: ESPN statistician

Do you love watching sports? One of the biggest part of sports is the underlying statistical analysis, which is essential to big sports networks like ESPN! That’s right, math can be the way to work alongside Jody Avirgan or meet Kahwi Leonard.

What you need to succeed:

  • An undergrad math degree (a focus on statistics is helpful)

  • What to take in high school to get to your university math degree:

    • Data Management (MDM4U)

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

    • One of Physics (SPH4U) (recommended), Biology (SBI4U) or Chemistry (SCH4U)

    • English (ENG4U)

How to make yourself stand out from the crowd:

  • Show your interest in sports! If you want to work for ESPN, have some extra-curricular sports leagues (house leagues work!) or university teams on your resume.

  • Watch ESPN! It might not sound like homework, but familiarizing yourself with the network will only help you show ESPN how passionate you are about working for the company.

  • Taking a hands-on data science course or university data science course. They’ll help you learn programming and how to apply Python, SQL, Excel and many other acronyms that sound intimidating but will help you build a winning team!

You could MAKE this page for  this incredible band !

You could MAKE this page for this incredible band!

Artificial Intelligence: Spotify Machine Learning Engineer

The Math Guru is filled with good vibes, good people and good Spotify playlists. Music is essential for studying, but it’s also one of the coolest industries to be in. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to sing or DJ, you can use the skills you learn at TMG to get you into the industry by learning how to create the code that cues up songs you might like and give you playlist recommendations.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses)

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • YOU BETTER KNOW PYTHON, which is the coding language that is essential for extracting data insights and programming machines. Learn it! Now! (Here’s a class you could take while still in high school.)

    How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Show Spotify your interest in music! You don’t need to be the next Ariana Grande or Steve Aoki to impress Spotify, but having a good amount of playlists will show them that you’re not only interested in music, but also their product! You might even develop a few suggestion for how to make Spotify better by frequently using it.

  • Answer any interview questions with a song lyric. Kidding, but this would be amazing to have a whole repertoire of “Where do you want to be in five years?” or “What’s your greatest weakness?” with answers like “thank you, next” (an excellent answer to any question).

  • The best machine learning engineers are constantly challenging themselves with new problems to flex their creative muscles. Challenge yourself with new courses or work with online communities like GitHub to practice your coding skills.

This is a flight map of one the balloons from Google’s  Project Loon , which brings internet access to rural communities. SO cool!

This is a flight map of one the balloons from Google’s Project Loon, which brings internet access to rural communities. SO cool!

Software development: Balloon Path Developer for Google

Google isn’t taking over the balloon industry, but it does use massive balloons to bring the internet to rural and remote areas. You know who maps the path for the balloons? A software developer! So knowing physics is essential to not only being part of Google, but also being part of a initiative to bring economic opportunities and information to remote areas.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses)

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • You need to know Python, which is the coding language that is essential for extracting data insights and programming machines. Learn it! Now! Here’s a class you could take while still in high school. Or you can check out these web development courses at coding bootcamps and universities if you want to go pro right now.

How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Google is notorious for its wild interview questions. You might want to practice your creative, on-the-fly interview skills by taking an improv class. Plus, it’s another interesting hobby to show to Google (and it’s fun)!

  • Google is obsessed with innovation. What have you done that is out-of-this-world? Have you helped solve a problem at school or at home or in your community? I know it sounds daunting, but if you feel like you haven’t done something of this calibre yet, maybe start thinking about a project you would LIKE to do to help mankind. Don’t worry too much about impressing Google at this point, but pick something you’re passionate about and get to work!

  • This role is focused on using Python, but knowing other coding languages will only help you. Take a look at other coding languages and start learning some!

Anamorphine  is a VR game that explores post-traumatic denial - like can you even imagine?!

Anamorphine is a VR game that explores post-traumatic denial - like can you even imagine?!

Virtual reality: mental health counsellor/simulation designer

That’s not a typo: you can be a designer of very cool virtual reality simulations while also basically being a mental health counsellor. Okay, not a certified mental health counsellor, but you’ll be helping mental health counsellors with their jobs.

Virtual reality is going beyond video gaming and awkward corporate videos: it’s starting to simulate fears and traumas for people to cope with their anxieties and PTSD in safe yet realistic environments. But to help people cope with their mental health issues using VR, you need to know physics really well.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses). A minor in sociology or psychology would be helpful!

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • Knowing how to design is important for VR because it needs to look so real. Taking a User Experience (UX) or User Interface (UI) course will allow you to create more realistic videos.

How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Companies are only starting to work with VR. By the time you get out of university, it might be more prevalent in tech companies - but mental health corporations may still be wary of it. Knowing why VR is important is as essential as knowing your VR skills. Make sure you know the value of VR and how it can help any organization you’re working with.

  • Mental health is a tricky field. You need to be super sensitive to people’s different backgrounds and circumstances. The best way you can show that you’re invested in mental health is to practice empathy. You already do that with your friends and family, but to get even better at it, consider volunteering with a vulnerable population. Mental health fits into any people-related field, so this will show your commitment to learning and empathy (and you’ll finish your 40 hours).

  • Immerse yourself in VR! Try out all the VR games, movies and simulations available. You can visit places like House of VR and DiVRge to try out the latest in VR!

Just one of Netflix Canada’s  amazing tweets .

Just one of Netflix Canada’s amazing tweets.

Digital marketing: Netflix social media lead

The Netflix IG account is too good. Yes, it’s basically a meme account, but that’s the beauty of it. And how amazing would it be for YOU to be the in charge of the account?!

I know it seems crazy, but the person who creates all those memes has to do a lot of statistics. THAT’S RIGHT: DATA MANAGEMENT LEADS TO MEME JOBS. Social media requires analyzing what’s popular, what’s driving website traffic and where your fans are - so you need to get the math down to be a killer social media lead!

What you need to succeed:

  • You can have you pick of undergrad, but ones that directly correlate to digital marketing include math (with a focus on statistics), business/commerce (with a focus on marketing) or psychology/sociology (to learn about humans and how they interact with memes - a real course).

  • These courses will get you to any one of the above mentioned degrees:

    • Data Management (MDM4U)

    • One of Biology (SBI4U) or Chemistry (SCH4U)

    • English (ENG4U)

  • Google analytics is essential for the savvy digital marketer. You can get certified FOR FREE here.

How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Watch Netflix! Doesn’t sound like homework, but you need to know your product inside-and-out in order to engage with its fans. How can you make good memes if you don’t even watch “Riverdale” or “Queer Eye”?!

  • Start experimenting with social channels. You can do this with your own personal brand (like TMG alum and social media manager Sarah Dunkleman) or have an entirely new passion project on IG or another social channel (like Vanessa did with TMG). Make sure to keep up with the analytics, the statistics and what makes a good post (it’s not just a posting frenzy)! This will take you above and beyond your competition who only have a finsta.

  • Volunteer for social media roles at not-for-profits. SO many not-for-profits are desperate for social media managers, and you could be their saving grace (while getting your 40 hours). Plus, it’ll show Netflix that you know how to tackle a social media challenge.

5 Podcasts To Listen to When You Wanna Learn Something

As the start of summer approaches and you leave your textbooks and notebooks behind, it can be easy to completely tune out of all things education related. Although we don’t blame you, (your brain totally deserves a break after all that hard studying) learning is one of those things that we should never really stop doing. Podcasts are one of the easiest, cheapest, and most convenient ways you can gain some new and awesome information (without even having to read!) Here are 5 podcasts we recommend you give a listen.

P.S. We love to have these downloaded and ready to go poolside, lakeside or for summer road-trips and drives to the cottage!

1. TED Radio Hour

You're probably familiar with TED Talks, and might even have watched these videos in one of your social science or english classes. Typically, TED talks (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) are done by experts in a given field who present their subjects in a 20-30 minute talk. The TED radio hour podcast compiles recorded TED Talks and groups them by theme into 1-hour long episodes. There are hundreds of episodes on a wide range of themes, including happiness, consumer branding, the effects of tech screens, and our connection to food.  

2. Radiolab

Radiolab is without a doubt one of our favourite podcasts. Every episode blends a narrative story with scientific or historical information. The episodes range in topics from political scandals, to scientific discoveries, to stories surrounding social causes that you probably haven’t heard about. The best part about Radiolab is how engaging it is. One of the co-hosts is also a composer, so every episode features amazing audio effects that really enhance the story. We guarantee that time will fly when you’re listening to Radiolab, and you’ll def walk away with some serious new wisdom.

3. No Limits

This podcast hosted by Rebecca Jarvis features conversations with all your fave #girlbosses. Jarvis interviews female entrepreneurs whose success in their respective careers has been entirely self-made. Each episode discusses what they’ve learned from their mistakes, advice they would pass on to others, and the tricky decisions they’ve been faced with. Some episodes we recommend checking out include Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks', Sally Krawcheck's (a.k.a the female wolf of Wall Street- without all the illegal stuff), Rebecca Minkoff's (designer of the bag you probably own) and cosmetic mogul Bobbi Brown's.

4. Stuff Your Should Know

This podcast is exactly what it sounds like- an entire show dedicated to going deep on topics you should know about! It’s produced by the creators of, but tbh when we’re feeling lazy we prefer the podcasts, since we don’t have to actually read anything. There are hundreds of episodes available for download on pretty much any topic you can think of. Seriously anything. Porta-potties? Yes. Quinoa? Yup. Frostbite? Yeah. Breast-implants? We wish we were joking but we aren’t. Anyway you get the idea...

5. Freakonomics  

Ever wondered how to win a Nobel Prize? Consider what it would mean for the restaurant industry if tipping were banned?  Is China actually stealing American jobs? Do people who get better sleep earn higher incomes? These and so many more topics are all addressed on the super popular freakonomics podcast. Hosted by an economist and a journalist, the show claims to “explore the hidden side of everything.” What we love about Freakonomics is that it combines popular culture with economic information, so you feel like you’re learning tons. As a fun bonus, some episodes are dedicated entirely to interviews with some pretty cool peeps, like Master of None star Aziz Ansari and Daily Show Host Trevor Noah.

5 Female Engineers Who Made History!

TMG is always super eager to remind you that women have been kicking butt in engineering throughout history - this isn't a new thing! Sometimes we all need a little reminder of how powerful women have ALWAYS been, so this week’s blog post is going to give you a mini history lesson by showcasing famous female engineers and their accomplishments over the years.

1. Edith Clarke (1883-1959)

Edith Clarke totally helped paved the way for the future of female engineers. In 1918, Edith Clarke was the first woman to earn an electrical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recognized as the first female professor in the United States, Clarke taught electrical engineering at the University of Texas for 10 years.


2. Emily Roebling (1803-1903)

Another pioneer in the field of engineering, Emily Roebling is one of the first women field engineers. Credited with being at the forefront of one the biggest feats of engineering for her time, Roebling is best known for her role as Chief Engineer during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883. Talk about impressive!


3. Stephanie Kwolek (born 1923)

Stephanie Kwolek’s invented Kevlar, a stiff synthetic material five times as strong as steel that is found in the production of bullet-proof vests, as well as a whole range of everyday products including safety helmets, camping gear, snow skis and cables. Thank you Stephanie for inventing such a strong and useful material, we couldn’t be more impressed with your invention!


4. Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000)

Hedy Lamarr is a total superstar who helped crushed stereotypes about women in engineering. When we say “superstar” we mean it literally – Lamarr was known as a star of the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s AND known as one of the women to help invent WiFi – yup, you heard it right – WiFi! How awesome is that?


5. Mary Anderson (1866–1953)

The next time you’re driving in the rain and are freaking out about not being able to see in front of you BUT you decide to turn on those windshield wipers to help solve your problem of poor visibility, you should think about Mary Anderson, the inventor of the windshield wiper. Talk about a super useful and widespread invention – thank you Mary Anderson!


Guest Guru: Elizabeth Celentano Talks Engineering!


It’s my favourite month of the year, and it’s not even my birthday!!! March is National Engineering Month in Canada (check out  when engineering professionals nationwide reach out to young Canadians to help them learn about career options in engineering.

What is an engineer?

As defined in the Professional Engineers Act, professional engineering is:

  1. Any act of planning, designing, composing, evaluating, advising, reporting, directing or supervising (or the managing of any such act);
  2. That requires the application of engineering principles; and
  3. Concerns the safeguarding of life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare or the environment, or the managing of any such act.

What does this really mean?

Well, the first two parts are easy. Engineering principles are basically just a fancy way of saying that engineers use scientific principles and apply them to design solutions to a problem. The last part is about duty to the public. Yes, you heard that right. As a Professional Engineer, you have to act in ways that safeguard and protect the best interests of the public. That can be a super big deal if your company wants one thing, and the best interest for the public is different!

What does this look like in real life?

I went to school for chemical engineering (transforming matter into products we use every day), but my current job is more of an industrial or manufacturing engineering role – this means I work to make manufacturing processes efficient from beginning to end.

On any given day, I could be working on:

  • Developing spreadsheets to track our performance (How much product are we making day-to-day? How are we performing when we change products? Every time we produce a certain product, are we running faster or slower than last time?)
  • Running trials to evaluate our production line’s ability to run new products
  • Proposing improvements to make current products run faster, with less “downtime”, or with less waste

However, I like to look at it as solving problems. Everything I do is to solve some problem, and the solutions I develop utilize all the math and science skills I’ve gained from school and past work.

What about you?

What problem would you solve if you were an engineer?

Leave your ideas in the comments.

Better yet, try this quiz presented by Engineers Canada: