June 28, 2022

The robotics team from École secondaire Notre-Dame-du-Sault (Sault Ste. Marie) maintained its tradition of excellence at the provincial level in robotics this year. Earlier this spring, this team surpassed itself at the Skills Ontario Olympics and placed 6th place in the province and first among French-language schools. The ÉS Notre-Dame-du-Sault robotics team was awarded a monetary prize of $2,000 for its outstanding performance.

As part of this Skills Ontario competition, competitors had to accumulate the most points possible in the "Vex Tipping Point" game as well as produce a video of their robot participating in the game. This year, this squad comprised the following students: Tieran Pauzé (grade 9), Nicholas Casola (grade 9), Liam Spacek (grade 10), Ella Dubreuil (grade 10), Gabriella Gutierrez (grade 10) and Luke Dallaire (grade 11).

The team’s success was made possible thanks to the students' passion for robotics as well as the support offered by Mr. David Spacek, a coach with a great deal of expertise in the field. Since the lifting of health restrictions at the end of March, students have been able to reunite with their coach Mr. Spacek and prepare for competitions.

They also participated in a few online competitions. The students from ÉS Notre-Dame-du-Sault stood out among 60 participating teams around the world by winning first place for their “Reverse Engineering” project in the VEX Robotics Competition. The students also finished second at the VEX Robotics Competition for their “Make it Real” project.

Like in years prior, the Notre-Dame-du-Sault robotics team was able to qualify for the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in which students must apply their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to build a robot. However, due to the pandemic, students were not able to compete.


The Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon offers a French-language Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSC Nouvelon provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 6,100 students enrolled in 27 elementary, 1 virtual school and 10 secondary schools.

Paul de la Riva
Director of Communications and External Relations
Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon
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