The Technical Department at Central Huron Secondary School recently hosted an event for over 90 students representing 5 schools and 7 Specialist High Skill Major (SHSM)* programs from across the Avon Maitland District School Board.
Held at the Libro Hall in the Clinton Community Centre, the event is part of a new Ministry of Education initiative termed ICE training (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship ).
Designed to help students prepare for their future, ICE training equips students with a better understanding of the critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills that employers are now looking for. During ICE training, grade 11 and 12 SHSM students take a process-based approach to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship by applying key skills in a unique experience.
Students are matched with organizations in sectors aligned with the student’s future career plans.They are put into teams and work to solve a challenge that the organization is currently facing.
They explore and apply Real World solutions to real world problems.
Andrew Masse of WindTrans was excited about the opportunity to work with the AMDSB and its SHSM students. WindTrans recently received the patent for its new “high volumn – low RPM pump” called Zelda.
The challenge ‘statement’ that the students worked with while developing the building blocks of ICE was “How might we help WindTrans develop alternative markets for their new high volumn low RPM Zelda Pump?” The students spent the day collaborating in groups of 4-6 students and had an opportunity to present their ideas to a special judges panel. The panel included MP Ben Lobb, MPP Lisa Thompson, Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn, Huron Food Action Network Coordinator Nathan Swartz, and Zelda Engineer Andrew Masse.
The students enjoyed food provided by Bon Vivant catering and had an opportunity to tweet about the experience and win door prizes donated by the Clinton Optimist Club, The Huron Manufacturing Association, Cap Products, Progressive Turf Products and WindTrans.
Technology Department Head for CHSS and ICE event coordinator Ray Greidanus was thrilled with the outcome of the day: “The CHSS Tech Department and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people and organizations who dedicated time and resources to making the day such a huge success.”
*A Specialist High Skills Major Program is a Ministry of Education approved career-focused program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector and acquiring the technical knowledge and skills to be successful while meeting the requirements of the OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). It also prepares students for a successful transition after graduation to apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.
For more information on this specific event please contact Ray Greidanus @ 519-482-3471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on ICE training please contact Ken Bailey @ 519-291-1880 or email@example.com