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Rainbow students take part in Technological Skills Competition on February 28th

Lively District Secondary School construction teacher Andrew Roach, left, works with students Karina Kirwan, middle, and Michaela McDonald to prepare for the Carpentry - Team of 2 competition being held at the Carpenter’s Union in Azilda.

Rainbow District School Board will host its 17th annual Technological Skills Competition on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. The event will take place at Cambrian College in Sudbury and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

Some 150 secondary students will test their skills in 2D and 3D character animation, AutoCAD, auto-service technology, cabinetmaking, carpentry, coding, electrical installations, home and team building, heavy duty equipment, mechanical CAD, photography, prepared speech, small powered engines, tv/video production, welding, workplace safety and VEX robotics.

New this year is an elementary component that will see 160 students from Grades 7 and 8 competing in five categories including character animation, construction, LEGO® Mechanical Engineering, LEGO® Robotics, and tv/video production.

Students will vie for an opportunity to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition on May 4 and 5, 2024 in Toronto.

“Tech Skills gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents in various sectors, which could lead to potential careers in the trades,” says Jennifer Burns, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Co-ordinator with Rainbow District School Board. “Students make connections with community partners and engage in innovative learning experiences that foster self-confidence, problem-solving and creativity. Participation also fuels their passion for the trades.”

Carpentry competitions, including Home and Team Building and Carpentry – Team of 2, will take place at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

Staff will provide judges at both venues.

Participants will have an opportunity to take home medals and certificates of achievement to celebrate their success. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 pm at both locations. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Rainbow District School Board salutes the many staff members who work diligently to make this event possible every year and thanks Cambrian College and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486 for their support.

The Board also acknowledges the generosity of community partners who contribute financially for the local competitions and provide new tools and transportation for students to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition.

Technological Skills Competition
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Competitions for Grades 9 to 12 will take place at the following locations:  

2D Character Animation Room 1640 Cambrian College
3D Character Animation Room 1640 Cambrian College
Auto CAD Room 1642 Cambrian College
Auto-Service Technology Room 1700 Cambrian College
Cabinetmaking Room 1721 Cambrian College
Carpentry – Team of 2 Training Shop Carpenters’ Union (Azilda)
Coding Room 3412 Cambrian College
Electrical Installations Room 1703 Cambrian College
Graphic Design Room 3502 Cambrian College
Heavy Equipment Room 1737 Cambrian College
Home and Team Building Training Shop Carpenters’ Union (Azilda)
Mechanical CAD Room 1642 Cambrian College
Photography Room 3502 Cambrian College
Prepared Speech eDome Cambrian College (Taking place April 4th)
Small Powered Engines Room 1737 Cambrian College
TV/Video Production Room 3417 Cambrian College
VEX Robotics Room 1803 Cambrian College
Welding Room 1738 Cambrian College
Workplace Safety Room 1709 Cambrian College

Competitions for Grades 7 and 8 will take place at the following locations:

Character Animation Gym Cambrian College
Construction Gym Cambrian College
LEGO® Mechanical Gym Cambrian College
LEGO® Robotics Gym Cambrian College
TV/Video Production Gym Cambrian College


8:15 am to 8:45 am Registration in the eDome foyer
8:45 am to 9 am Safety and rules
9 am to 11:30 am Competitions begin
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch in the eDome
12:40 pm to 2:15 pm Competitions resume
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm Clean up and judging (Students, Cambrian staff and community partners meet and greet in the Student Life Centre)
3 pm to 3:30 pm Awards Ceremony in the Student Centre

Note to the media:
Please visit the registration table near the eDome for a guest pass.
Safety glasses will be available.
Anyone wishing to enter a shop area must have CSA green and orange tag steel toe boots.
Visitors to the Carpenters’ Union are asked to check in upon arrival.


Media Contact:

Jennifer Burns, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-523-3308 ext. 8229