Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10:15am
Green energy students have mad skills
They proved they had
the greenest student-designed energy project in all Eastern Ontario, and now,
four Rockland District High School students are going to Ontario Skills
Challenge to prove it is the best in the province.
They proved they had the greenest student-designed energy project in all Eastern Ontario, and now, four Rockland District High School students are going to Ontario Skills Challenge to prove it is the best in the province.
Rockland District High School Team 9 are Jeffrey Kalambayi, Nicholas Turner, Miah Duetta, and Amber Chan, and they captured the gold medal in the Green Energy Industries category at the 2019 Intermediate Skills Ontario Challenge competition in Alexandria, March 21. That moves them on to the Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto, May 6 to 8.
“The main goal is to open up kids’ eyes to the opportunities available for jobs in the skilled trade,” said Lindsey Howes, event convener, about the purpose of the annual skills challenge. “Traditionally that’s something we haven’t done a great job of in schools. We need to do a better job of showing students the pathways to a successful career and a successful life. University isn’t your only option.”
RDHS is one of three schools in the Upper Canada District School Board, which won gold at the intermediate skills competition and earned the right to move on to the provincial challenge in May. The RDHS team won the Green Energy Industries division, which dealt with model wind turbine construction. Char-Lan District High School won in Technology, dealing with working machine construction, and Glengarry District High School in Construction, which involved building a model house.
Other benefits of the skills challenges include the opportunity for students to exercise their mathematical, science, and literacy skills, in researching their project ideas, designing plans and instructions for building their projects, and developing teamwork during construction of the project.