March 3, 2016

Peel students showcase skills in trades, technology at seventh annual Peel Technological Skills Challenge

More than 1,500 Peel District School Board elementary and secondary students will showcase their trades and technology skills at the seventh annual Peel Technological Skills Challenge, taking place from March 8 to 10. Secondary students will compete on March 8 at Judith Nyman Secondary School, while elementary students will compete on March 9 and 10 at Morning Star Middle School. Canadian actor Steve Belford will attend as a guest judge for the television production challenge.​

“Students will have the opportunity to receive valuable, hands-on experience in trades and technology sectors,” says Anthony Persaud, instructional coordinator of science and technological education at the Peel board. “The challenge not only promotes collaboration and teamwork, but highlights the talents and abilities of Peel students. As the recipient of Skills Ontario’s School Board Award of Distinction for the past four years, we know our students will showcase their valuable experiences that develop their technical skills.”

Some of the challenges include:

  • Auto Service technology
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Cabinet making
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Culinary services                                         
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Hairstyling
  • Landscape gardening
  • Photography
  • Restaurant services
  • Robotics
  • Television and video production

At Judith Nyman, secondary students will work individually, in pairs or in teams of four to complete the challenges. The day will end with an awards ceremony for contestants where the winners will be announced. Students, parents and community members will also have the opportunity to attend a community resource fair, which includes exhibitors and booths from community outreach programs and the four post-secondary pathways—apprenticeship, college, university, and the workplace. Please note that the awards ceremony is not open to the public. Media are welcome to attend. 

“The elementary event sets the foundation for inquiry-based learning,” says Persaud. “Students are able to learn more about themselves through collaboration, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.” 

A total of 1,394 elementary students in grades 4 to 8 will participate in the event at Morning Star. At the grade 4 to 6 level, challenges include character animation, Lego robotics, Lego mechanics and technology. Grade 7 to 8 challenges also include television and video production, health and safety, green energy and construction. Fashion design has been added for the first time at this grade level.

Judith Nyman is located at 1305 Williams Pkwy in Brampton. Morning Star Middle School is located at 3131 Morning Star Dr. in Mississauga.

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Media contact: Anthony Persaud, Instructional Coordinator, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 2473, anthony.persaud@peelsb.com 

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, avishka.juta@peelsb.com   

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