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Skills Ontario Junk Drawer Races get students to explore skilled trades

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Skills Ontario Junk Drawer Races get students to explore skilled trades

TORONTO — The Junk Drawer Races, a new competition program launched by Skills Ontario, will allow students from Grades 2 to 12 to compete in hands-on, curriculum-based, skill-developing contests to explore the skilled trades and technologies.

There is something for every student: a Gravity Powered Robot Walker Race (for Grades 2 to 3), a Cardboard Car Race (for Grades 4 to 5), a Paper Glider Competition (for Grades 6 to 7), a Hydraulic Crane Challenge (for Grade 8) and a Cardboard Hovercraft Race (for Grades 9 to 12).

The competition will focus on topics such as flight technology, design and systems in action. Youth can participate in teams up to four to build and race their structure in an attempt to advance from the regional level to the province-wide championship, states a release, adding the program is entirely virtual and projects can be submitted online.

In order to promote sustainability and for there to be little to no cost for youth to build their projects, the contests encourage students to use common items found around the home or classroom, as well as recyclables,

The program is funded by the Government of Ontario. Registration for regional competitions closes on Nov. 16 and only educators and school board contacts can register students. One team per contest per school may enter.

“We’re thrilled to be delivering yet another series of activities to inspire youth to explore skilled trades and technologies,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “We welcome young people to participate in this fun and engaging contest series. There are amazing opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies, and through programs like these, we’re proving it to youth.”

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