Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
    The Future of Education: Robotics Competitions Drive STEM Engagement

    In an era where technology continues to reshape our world, schools are finding innovative ways to prepare students for the future. One such initiative is the robotics competition held at École élémentaire publique Nouvel-Horizon in Hawkesbury. This event transformed the school gymnasium into a cutting-edge research and development facility, as students from grades three to eight showcased their robotic creations.

    The competition aimed to expose students to the fascinating world of robotics while nurturing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Led by grade five teachers Anne-Marie Fournier and Nathalie Turgeon, the school’s robotics club provided a platform for students to immerse themselves in hands-on learning and problem-solving.

    Using Lego as a building material, the students designed and programmed small robots that could perform a range of tasks. From navigating obstacles to completing complex actions, these young minds demonstrated their ingenuity and technical prowess. The competition served as a pre-competition tryout for a larger regional event scheduled to take place in Ottawa in the spring of 2024.

    With 77 students participating, the event showcased the remarkable talent and enthusiasm among the student body. Turgeon revealed that 35 students excelled and would progress to the upcoming Ottawa competition. This opportunity not only recognizes their achievements but also offers a platform to engage with like-minded young individuals from across the region.

    As schools embrace robotics competitions and other STEM-focused activities, we can expect education to evolve beyond traditional textbooks and lectures. By integrating hands-on experiences and real-world problem-solving, students develop critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity—skills that are essential for success in the 21st century.


    Q: What is STEM?
    A: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It represents an interdisciplinary approach to learning and problem-solving, combining these four fields.

    Q: How does participating in robotics competitions benefit students?
    A: Robotics competitions foster skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity. They also provide hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology, preparing students for future careers in STEM-related fields.

    Q: What age group participated in the robotics competition?
    A: Students from grades three to eight participated in the robotics competition.

    Q: When and where will the regional event in Ottawa take place?
    A: The larger regional event is scheduled to take place in Ottawa in the spring of 2024.