Thirty-six (36) students from twelve (12) schools comprised of students from Grades 7 to 10 competed in teams of three to solve a timed task during the Strait Regional School Board’s second annual Tool Box Challenge event held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at SAERC.
Event organizer and Coordinator of Youth Pathways Mark Pettipas explained that students were required to work as a team to solve the challenge. Students were asked to design and build a launching device using the materials provided that would project a tennis ball from various distances in order to knock down targets of varying point values.
Judges scored the teams on team work, creativity, thumbnail sketches, a rough sketch with measurements and safety. The other 50% of the team's score came from the points accumulated by knocking down targets. “This initiative is based on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM philosophy) across disciplines in school. It also encourages 21st Century learning skills such as critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication, and requires students to apply the design process they are taught in Technology Education classes,” said Mr. Pettipas.
It was a wonderful day of hands-on learning in action and collaboration among our students. Participating school teams included Bayview Education Centre, St Mary’s Education Centre/Academy, SAERC, Tamarac Education Centre, St Andrew Junior School, Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy, Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy, Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy, Inverness Education Centre/Academy and East Richmond Education Centre.
Congratulations to all students and award winners:
1st Place: Chedabucto Eduction Centre/Guysborough Academy
Team members: Rebecca MacKeen, Hunter Poirier and Dylan Pinkham
2nd Place: SAERC
Team members: Aidan Cann, Lauren Whalen and Kallie Timmons-Harb
3rd Place: East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy
Team members: B J Johnson, Thomas Boyle and Jamie DeCoste
Team Spirit Award: St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy
Team members: Zach Wilson, Dustin Mailman and Connor Veinotte