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UGDSB regional Skills Canada competition sets a new record with 327 teams participating

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – The success of the Upper Grand District School Board’s regional skills competition continues to surpass expectations, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Each year, the UGDSB coordinates a regional Skills Canada competition for students in grades 4 to 8. This year’s competition is the biggest yet, with 1,260 students from 61 elementary schools competing in design challenge events such as Lego Robotics, Lego Mechanics, Character Animation, TV/Video Production, Health and Safety, Design and Build, Construction, Green Energy and a new challenge of Vex Robotics.

These design challenges invite the competing students to apply their knowledge of math, science and technology in an engaging, meaningful and hands-on way, providing them with the opportunity to make the connection between what they are learning in school and possible careers in skilled trades and technologies. The event also encourages collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and a little friendly competition between schools. The winning teams from each event move on to the provincial competition in May.

The popularity of the event has increased to the point where the UGDSB requires three locations to hold all the excited competitors. This year’s Skills competition will take place on Friday April 6 at College Heights SS, Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute and the Centennial Arena located behind the two secondary schools.


Media are welcome to attend.


Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764

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