TORONTO — Skills Ontario recently announced the regional winners of its Paper Glider Competition with 31 participants moving to the championship round.
In collaboration with the Government of Ontario, Bombardier and 3M Canada, the competition was launched in October 2020 and the winners were presented on the Skills Ontario YouTube channel Jan. 21. The program aims to encourage and develop knowledge of skilled trades and technology by challenging students to design and build a glider plane made from paper products, toothpicks and skewer sticks, indicates a release.
Along with a video submission of the paper plane taking flight, students must provide a completed safety checklist and questionnaire provided by Skills Ontario and are graded on their ability to build according to their plans, overall construction and durability of the paper plane as well as how far it flies.
The final three provincial championship round winners will be announced virtually on Skills Ontario’s YouTube channel on March 11.
“One of the most empowering things we can do during this global health crisis is to continue supporting programs that inspire a passion for science and technology. These skills not only form the core of our company but are also fundamental to solving many of the biggest challenges facing the international community,” said Mike Nadolski, Bombardier’s vice-president of communications and public affairs, in a statement.