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Day of activities introduces high schoolers to wonders of engineering

A day of building windmills out of Lego blocks and bridges out of wooden craft sticks helped give a group of grade 11 students from Vincent Massey Secondary School a feel for the engineering profession, said their teachers.

“They learned about thinking and problem-solving, facing real tasks and working in a group,” said Slavica Lozo, who teaches physics and robotics at the south Windsor high school. “From my point of view, that’s more meaningful.”

About 120 Massey students participated in the all-day experience Tuesday, April 22, in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Anna Liang, who said she started the day already interested in a career in engineering, called it a great learning experience.

“We got to see the new building—it’s really cool,” she said. “You can see it provides a comfortable space to learn in.”

Mike Konstantino, youth outreach coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering, said the activities are intended to introduce students to various opportunities in engineering.

“They get to see the facilities here on the UWindsor campus and also experience the hands-on learning so crucial to the type of education here,” he said. “Nothing makes a better advertisement for our school than to give these high-achieving students a taste of what we offer.”