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March 8: Rainbow District School Board hosts Technological Skills Competition

Rainbow District School Board will host its 12th annual Technological Skills Competition at Cambrian College on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Over 120 secondary school students will test their skills in events such as carpentry, welding, TV/video editing, photography, auto-service technology, 2D character animation, electrical installations, cabinet making and small-powered equipment. Students will vie for an opportunity to compete in the provincial Skills Competition in Toronto this May.

As part of the competition, some 240 Grade 8 students will visit Cambrian College to learn more about the trades. Students will complete a series of hands-on workshops geared to technology on a number of topics including rocket launchers, sail design competitions and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

“The skilled trades pathway allows students to problem solve, think creatively and explore career options at an early age,” says Dana Kinsella, Co-operative Education Program Co-ordinator for Rainbow District School Board. “Reaching minds through creative and challenging learning experiences, and touching hearts by engaging students in activities they are passionate about, is a strong focus for supporting our students.”

The trades and technology departments at Cambrian College are providing the location for the various events and have helped to prepare the practical tests for the day in collaboration with teachers from participating secondary schools. They are also providing judges.

Participants will have an opportunity to go home with a variety of fantastic prizes thanks to the support of community businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony will begin at 2:15 pm in the Cambrian College Student Centre. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Rainbow District School Board salutes the many staff members who have worked in partnership with the community to organize the Technological Skills Competition.

Annual Skills Competition
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:30 am to 9:15 am

Registration for all trades competitions will take place in the main entrance of Cambrian College’s Trades Building.

Competitions are in the following locations:

Auto-Service TechnologyRoom 1700Trades Building
Carpentry Room 1721 / 1722Trades Building
Home BuildingRoom 1721 / 1722Trades Building
WeldingRoom  1738Trades Building
Cabinet MakingRoom 1721 / 1722Trades Building
Small Powered EquipmentRoom 1737Trades Building
ElectricalRoom 1701 / 1702

Registration for all other competitions will take place in the main entrance of Cambrian College’s Student Centre.

Competitions are in the following locations:

TV/Video Production Room 2640
Photography Room 3501
2D Character Animation Room 1631
AutoCAD Room 2654
Miniature Straw RocketsGym B (elementary competition)
Sail Design Gym A (elementary competition)


9:30 am to 11:30 amCompetitions begin for all competitors
11:30 am to 12:15 pmLunch for trades’ competitors in the Student Centre
12:15 pm to 2:15 pmCompetitors resume competition
1:30 pm to 1:45 pmGrade 8 Awards Ceremony (Student Centre)
2:15 pm to 2:45 pmSecondary School Awards Ceremony (Student Centre)



Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217.