Sylvain Gauvreau: ICTs for young people's future
Year: 2019 – Province: Quebec
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Grades 7 and 8 (science and robotics)
Collège Regina Assumpta, Montréal, Québec
"Thanks to him, the students in the college's Science and Robotics concentration discovered trades and professions in the classroom and above all, found meaning for their studies by focussing on future plans." — A colleague
Concerned about the low graduation rates, Sylvain Gauvreau made it his mission to find ways to tie his teaching to what youth are actually interested in and 21st century skills to enable them to create a tangible link between what they were learning and their future.
Sylvain's teaching style is focussed on practice and experimentation, promoting ICTs and using the cutting-edge technologies forming a vision that motivates and energizes the students.
In the classroom
- Sylvain has created a robotics concentration that offers participating students 50 additional hours of instruction in science, technology and robotics.
- He organizes observation evenings on the college's grounds and at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory to introduce his students to astronomy and astrophysics.
- He set up the program Tech for Kids: La technologie au service des jeunes and registered his team in the FIRST robotics competition so that the students receive additional instruction ranging from technology to marketing.
- He organizes visits to robotics-related factories and facilities so that his students see first-hand the present and future use of what they're learning.
- Sylvain implemented an awareness program and activities aimed at interesting elementary school girls in engineering —Les filles et les sciences, toute une alliance ! — which increased the number of girls enrolled in the robotics concentration.
- Since the start of his robotics program, 95% of his students continued science studies, 100% attended university and they have been awarded over $100,000 in various scholarships.
- Along with 10 of his students, he participated in an environmental engineering program that used robotics to help the youth in Jalousie, Haiti. This project earned them the Projet engagé de Forces AVENIR prize.
- With his students, he created the learning platform Tech Academy, which brings together robotics publications and tutorials shared around the world.
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