I was honoured to join St. Clair College President John Strasser and students representing 13 high schools across Windsor Essex–including St. Joseph’s H.S. and Tecumseh Vista–at the Ford Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing where St. Clair College announced a $1000 sponsorship for each one of our 13 Robotics Teams. In addition, St. Clair College assigned a technician at the FCEM to serve as a liaison with all high school robotics teams who require a machine shop for their machining. Earlier this year, St. Clair College also established a $1000 scholarship for every high school student who competes in our upcoming Windsor Essex Great Lakes Robotics Regional (April 3-5, 2014).
Here is an article from the event: click here.
And here is a link to video from the event: click here.
Here is my speech from the ceremony:
Today is about tomorrow.
President Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.
This is what FIRST Robotics is about, and St. Clair College is once again looking beyond the horizon and demonstrating its leadership in preparing our young people for a future that is more and more dependent on technology, robotics, and innovation.
Over the last six weeks, students across 13 high schools in Windsor and Essex have been working hand-in-hand with engineers, skilled workers and programmers from companies such as Valiant, CenterLine, and Chrysler to design and build 120 pound robots. These students are also working together with mentors from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College.
In Windsor, we know how to build. We are the Automotive Capital of Canada.
But what St. Clair College is demonstrating here today, is that we have community leaders like President Strasser and his team who know how to build the kinds of partnerships we need to build our region’s future.
Education is economic development. And today is about tomorrow. It is about cultivating the next generation of engineers, skilled workers and technology entrepreneurs who will drive our economy forward well into the 21st century. It is about industry stepping off the sidelines and into our schools.
In just over a month, thirteen high school robotics teams from Windsor and Essex will join 1,500 high school students from across North America for a three-day robotics competition at the University of Windsor. This program would not be possible without the support of St. Clair College.
It is my sincerest hope that others will follow the leadership St. Clair College has demonstrated today and come onboard this remarkable program.