The NWMO and Huron-Kinloss Encourage Interest in Science and Tech via Robotics
From left: Paige Stevenson, Sabrina Ruetz, Lola Johnston, Shawna Schuit, and Haley Brough line up with robots created by their Grades 7 and 8 class from F. E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham, Ont., exploring science and technology together with their robotic pals.
Grades 7 and 8 students at F. E. Madill Secondary School in Wingham recently received five EV3 robotics kits through a funding program led by the Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee.
The committee administers funding for such initiatives through its work with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to learn more about Canada's plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
The third generation LEGO robotics kits (hence, EV3 – evolution of the product) give students the power to build, program and command their own LEGO robots. The robots can perform specific manoeuvres and tasks, including driving, walking and spinning. Selected students took their tech to a meet where they all competed to show their proficiency at commanding their robot to complete a specific stated task that was the same for everyone.
Teacher Jamie Hallman, who uses the robotics kits as part of the curriculum, noted the learning advantages of these highly technical tools. “I can’t believe the increased attention, focus, problem solving, and creativity I’ve seen in the classes with the addition of this unit,” he said. As for the students, several noted it was tough, but a lot of fun.
The Early Investments in Education and Skills program is financially supported by the NWMO and administered by Huron-Kinloss. It provides capacity to support education and skills training for Huron-Kinloss residents, and provides funding for youth with an emphasis on learning initiatives that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.