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Mentorship Flourishes with First Nations Partnership

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Members from Bayview Glen’s award winning robotics team Ctrl-Z welcomed students from the First Nations School of Toronto to the Moatfield campus for an afternoon of learning and collaboration. Ctrl-Z’s reputation for mentoring and running robotic workshops led a representative from FIRST LEGO League (FLL) to suggest the two teams meet and form a partnership. This is the second year for the First Nations School to compete in FLL. The school’s team, Tribe Called Tech, is led by teacher Sharla Falodi.  She said their program is in its infancy and they are grateful for the opportunity to learn from more experienced students. Tribe Called Tech placed second in core values at regionals last year and qualified for the Provincial Championship. The team’s goal this year is to continue advancing the students thinking and to focus on making their robots more sophisticated. “We don’t have a lot of resources and time to work with the students since many commute from all over the city but we are determined to take our performance to the next level.” Sharla said.

Problem solving and communication skills were on display as the teams worked side by side in the Design Lab. “Robotics can be challenging and it’s easy to get stuck,” said parent coach Eric Borromeo. “If a team can receive just a few pointers from an experienced team, it can transform a frustrating season into a very rewarding one.”

Members of Ctrl-Z look forward to visiting the First Nations School to witness a traditional Big Circle celebration where staff and students tell stories, sing songs and hear teachings about the values that are important to Aboriginal people.