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Thursday February 13th, 2014

Posted at 4:45pm

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St. Clair College is donating $1,000 to the 13 local high schools entering the Windsor-Essex Robotics Regional Competition.

President of St. Clair College John Strasser handed out cheques to participating teams after delivering a speech highlighting the college’s focus on the technology and trades sectors. In addition to the funds dispersed, the college will be offering scholarships to and Grade 11 or Grade 12 students participating in the competition.

“Anybody that enters that competition we will give a $1,000 scholarship to you if you come to St. Clair College,” said Strasser. “Whether you win or not, it’s not critical… it’s about taking a step forward, challenging yourself to do better and in the end being proud of what you are doing and making us proud.”

Showing off last year’s robot was Saber Bytes #772 team member Jaeleen Koscielski from Sandwich Secondary School.

“I started on the team in the public relations section but after working in the pit area where they actually work on the robot I’ve decided I want to go into engineering now. It’s pretty cool to work with the robot,” said Koscielski

Koscielski was able to describe the ball launching mechanism of the previous year’s entry but this year’s machine was still considered “classified information.”

The Director of Robotics and Youth Programs at WEtech Alliance and Ward 7 City Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk said the program would cultivate the next generation of engineers, skilled workers, programmers, technology entrepreneurs and prepare young people for today’s economy.

“It’s one thing to go to the store and buy a Transformer, why don’t you make one yourself. Come to FIRST Robotics, this is where you can make your own Transformer, compete, have a lot of fun, meet some great people and build some great mentors as well,” said Kusmierczyk.

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