The Halton District School Board's 28th annual Halton Skills Competition will be hosted on Tuesday, March 28 at White Oaks Secondary School, 1330 Montclair Drive, in Oakville. This popular event is highlighted by the addition of several new competitions.
The skills competition will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., with the results revealed and celebrated at the medals presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. held in the gymnasium on the school's south campus.
Approximately 1,000 elementary and secondary students from across the Halton boards will compete in a wide range of skills in more than 40 competitions. Teams of elementary students in Grade. 4-8 will take part in activities like the Technology Challenge, Green Energy Challenge, Distance Challenge, Lego Robotics, and TV/Video Production competitions.
New to this year's elementary competition is the VEX IQ Robotics challenge for Grade 4-8 students. This will challenge elementary students to work as a team in designing and programming a robot that can complete a specific set of tasks efficiently.
Secondary school students will compete in numerous events including 2D Character Animation, Architectural Technology & Design, Auto Collision Repair, Auto Painting, Auto Service Technology, Baking, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry Individual, Carpentry Team of 2, Culinary Arts, Distance Challenge, Electrical Installations, Electronics, Fashion Design, Floristry, Graphic Design-Presentation, Graphic Design-Studio Production, Hairstyling, Health Care, Heating Systems Technician, Home Building, Horticulture and Landscape, Landscape Design, Mechanical CAD, Photography, Precision Machining, Refrigeration, Small Powered Equipment, TV & Video Production, Robotics & Control Systems, Robotics Team of 4, Web Site Development, and Welding.
There are two new competitions on the secondary level: IT Network Systems Admin and Computer Aided Manufacturing. For more information on these competitions, visit www.haltonskills.com and click on the 'Scopes' tab.
A Career Showcase will take place during the day with representatives from the community, business, industry and education sectors.
“The annual Halton Skills Competition is a cherished event in our system", said Julie Hunt Gibbons, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board. “Students come together for friendly competition and to highlight their abilities in skilled trades and technology; it is very encouraging to see the interest and incredible skill levels acquired by our students during their time with us."
Students successful in the competition will go forward to represent the Halton District School Board at the Ontario Skills Competition in Toronto at the Toronto Congress Centre on Dixon Road from May 1-3, and then onto the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 31-June 3, 2017.
For a complete list of events, visit www.haltonskills.com.