May 9, 2014

Members of the École Ste-Marie (Azilda) intermediate robotics team accomplished quite a feat by claiming the silver medal in the robotics event held on May 5 at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The Ordilions team from École Ste-Marie qualified for this provincial competition by finishing first at the intermediate level in the Great Robotic Challenge organized by the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) in March.

During the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, the École Ste-Marie robotics experts were required to perform three tasks. The first challenge was to calculate the total area of three boxes of different sizes. In the second event, the team’s robot had to navigate through a maze as quickly as possible. In the last challenge, the robot was required to pick up a cube and detect its colour – white or black – then place the cube in a designated location. The robot also had to count the number of cubes of each colour and calculate their percentage of the total. As part of the competition, students also had to make a presentation on the automation of a product. 

“The students had a month to prepare their presentation, build their robots and do the programming for the challenges,” explained École Ste-Marie teacher JoAnne Gagnon Beauchamp. “However, since the details of the specific tasks were only unveiled on the day of the competition, students had to be resourceful and modify their programming on the site of the event in order to succeed. All of their efforts were well rewarded when they learned that they had won the provincial competition’s silver medal.”

“We take great pride in seeing our students attain a high level of success in provincial competitions that gauge their technological skills and knowledge. This result testifies to our teachers’ outstanding work in providing a quality French Catholic education that will enable our students to become outstanding citizens who can excel in the 21st century,” stated Mrs. Lyse-Anne Papineau, CSCNO Director of Education.


The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.


Paul de la Riva
Communications and Community Development Coordinator
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
(705) 673-5626, ext. 294
(705) 677-8195 – cell phone