Robots, hairstyling and new discoveries: N.L. college students check out their expertise for future careers
Coding and Robotics

Robots, hairstyling and new discoveries: N.L. college students check out their expertise for future careers

A young girl does her sister's hair in a classroom during a competition in hair styling.
Kathryn Walsh of Juniper Ridge Intermediate works on her sister’s hair for the styling competitors. The pair would go on to win bronze. (Andrew Hawthorn/CBC)

Kathryn Walsh should still be a junior excessive pupil at Juniper Ridge Intermediate in Torbay however she’s already attempting her hand at skilled hairstyling.

She says she enjoys the artistic freedom.

“It is very troublesome to, like, get it precise. We’re doing a promenade look … an updo, I believe. I am looking for out that wow issue, and I do not know what it will likely be but, however I am attempting to simply search for it.”

Kathryn was certainly one of about 300 junior excessive college students from 27 faculties across the province who competed on the nineteenth annual Expertise Canada Intermediate Problem on Saturday, held on the Prince Philip Drive Campus of the Faculty of the North Atlantic in St. John’s.

It was the primary in-person occasion held by Expertise Canada N.L. for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started in March. College students can check out and compete in 14 totally different areas of trades, expertise and employability expertise, like pitching, job looking out and public talking. 

In addition they get to construct robots out of Lego.

A group of students lean over a laptop computer and a table of Lego robots they have built, attempting to strategize for the forthcoming competition.
Nicolas Reid, within the inexperienced and white cap, says whereas some on his workforce at the moment are contemplating a future in programming or robotics, he was simply there for the enjoyable. (Andrew Hawthorn/CBC)

Nicolas Reid is a part of a workforce from Clarenville Center College competing within the First Lego League Robotics Competitors. 

“We have been constructing this for just like the previous month,” stated Reid, “however I might say a couple of different faculties have been constructing it since possibly the start of the varsity 12 months. So both method, it is a whole lot of enjoyable.”

Expertise Canada partnered with the league to problem college students to use design, coding and teamwork expertise to finish quite a lot of duties, akin to pushing and pulling objects with their robots to attain factors. 

Nicolas stated he may see a few of his teammates going into careers in robotics or programming however he was simply collaborating for the enjoyable of it.

“Our predominant coder on our workforce? He is actually, actually good at this. The opposite two folks on the coding workforce, together with me, we’re simply second eyes for him, in case he will get one thing unsuitable,” he stated.

Winners from the competitors will go on to signify their faculties within the provincial competitors, and probably proceed to the nationwide competitors in Winnipeg subsequent Might.

Fingers-on expertise

The actual win, although, based on Christine Greene, the chair of the Expertise Canada N.L. board of administrators, is getting college students enthusiastic about doable future careers. 

“They need the hands-on expertise,” she stated, “and for a lot of of them, this has been their one and solely alternative to dig in, put their fingers on supplies, make one thing of it and use their creativity and notice they may have a bit of talent that they may need to construct on or strive.”

Greene is captivated with getting younger college students to consider totally different careers, enabling them to make higher decisions as early as highschool. 

“We are literally the one province within the nation that provides this program to Grade 7, 8 and 9 college students and we’re actually pleased with that,” she stated.

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