Jul 6, 2018
By James Oloo
Rossignol High School has made a name for itself while earning respect and admiration for its award-winning robotics club. This year, students in the Île-à-la-Crosse club sent six teams to the annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic SUMObot, in which 120 Saskatchewan high school teams participated in a robot challenge. The Rossignol High School teams finished first (with a prize of $150 cash, $1,500 in tuition, and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet) and second (receiving $100 cash, $1,000 tuition, and Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones).
On April 13, the Rossignol High School robotics club finished second at the Skills Canada Provincial Competition in Regina. “We were pretty pleased,” Dave Dalton, the math and science teacher who is also the coach of the club said about the silver medal. “It has taken us seven years to get to this point, but now I feel very comfortable saying Rossignol High School has one of the best, if not the best, Robotics programs in this province.”
The students get hands on experience in engineering, designing, constructing, and wiring, as well as building interpersonal skills, teamwork, and dedication. These are important life skills that will also enable them to pursue post-secondary education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In appreciating the importance of STEM and of supporting young people to pursue their dreams, Gabriel Dumont Institute has been providing financial support to the Rossignol High School robotics club over the past five years and will continue doing so next year. “Thank you for all your help with this program. Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of our students,” Dave Dalton said.