Education at its best

Regional Skills It doesn’t get much better for students than the annual Elementary Regional Skills Canada Competition.

A collaborative effort by the Waterloo Region and Waterloo Catholic District School boards – the 2009 Skills competition involved over 530 students competing in four different Skills challenges: Lego Mechanics, Lego Robotics, Technology Design & Build and Video Production.

A highlight of the day for me occurred when a teacher described how one of his students woke up very early this morning fretting about the inclement weather forecast and hoping it would not prevent the Skills competition at Conestoga College from happening.

This year’s competition was based on the theme, Carnival, and what a party it was! Enthusiastic students tackled well-crafted challenges created by the energetic teacher co-chairs from both boards.

One could see the wheels turning, both, literally, ferris wheels on the team tables and metaphorically, in the heads and glittering eyes of students collaborating as teams all working together toward a common goal.

Eager students wolfed down lunches, barely missed a beat and were soon back at their stations immersed in the task at hand. This is education at its best!

Kudos and shout-outs all around to: Erica Fleming-Gillespie – my public board counterpart, all the volunteer judges, teacher co-chairs, teacher-supervisors, parents, Conestoga College staff for graciously hosting us in their wonderful multi-purpose facility and especially the students who, because of their contagious enthusiasm, were all winners and, go figure, already chatting up next year’s competition.

Photo Credit: Vic Castela

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