Prime Minister’s Science Fair

This September the robotics team from Governor Simcoe SS earned the opportunity of a lifetime; a trip to meet and discuss policy with none other than Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Governor Simcoe and their robotics team known as “Team 1114 – Simbotics” was chosen as the sole high school representative from a group of over 200 Robotics Competition teams/schools across Canada. The team was selected for their consistent excellence in Robotics including a World Championship victory and being a member of the Hall of Fame. Two student representatives, Kate O’Melia (Grade 12) and Evan Bernat (Grade 11) along with industry mentor James Cerar, made the all expenses paid trip to Ottawa for the event. While in Ottawa the attended and spoke at a roundtable discussion led by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, to give their input on the state of Science and Technology in Canadian Education. Kate and Evan both spoke of the importance of supporting robotics programs in schools, using their own experiences on the teams to illustrate the impact of these types of programs. Then came the highlight of the day; demonstrating their 2017 robot, Simbot Ali, for none other than Prime Minister Trudeau himself. The Prime Minister was completely engaged by the demonstration and was awestruck when Kate and Evan passed the controls to him. He drove the robot, even using it to launch balls at some of his cabinet ministers! The entire event was documented on the Prime Minister’s social media accounts, showcasing the team’s creations to millions of potential viewers. The students presented the Prime Minister with team shirts for his entire a family and thanked him for the invitation and opportunity to visit Parliament Hill.

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