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Francys Gauthier: STEM Superhero!

Year: 2019 — Province: Quebec
Certificate of Achievement Recipient


Secondary 2, 3, 4 and 5 (ESL, Robotics)
Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec

"Mr. Gauthier is a true STEM catalyst [...]. His contagious passion has drawn tens of mentors to him and led hundreds of students here and abroad to take an interest in STEM."
— A colleague

To the students and mentors that he has taught for the past 13 years, Francys Gauthier is a superhero who shines as much through his teaching skills as his contagious passion for STEM.

Teaching Approach

Francys's innovative teaching practices are based on technological integration, mentor networks, authentic tasks that allow students to develop and use their skills, etc.

STEM in the Classroom

  • Francys uses technology in a sustained and varied manner as part of his teaching practices in order to familiarize his students with digital culture and help them master these tools.
  • He established a complete robotics workshop with 3D printers, computers, and hundreds of other tools where his students, like other science teachers at the school, can express their creativity and apply their knowledge.
  • Instead of using a traditional theory-oriented educational approach, Francys pushes the boundaries by presenting a high-level STEM curriculum that is essentially based on the practice while also incorporating theoretical concepts and allowing his students to experiment with their own theories.

Outstanding Achievements

  • As part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Francys led the school's Evolution 2626 team and recruited mentors to act as a safety net for young people while allowing them to make their own decisions and learning through trial and error.
  • At the initiative of a student with a foot deformity, his team created a 3D prosthesis and won the judging panel award at the 2015 world finals of the FIRST Robotics Competition; the team is currently working on the E-nable project to manufacture other prostheses for children in need in various countries.
  • He and students on the Evolution 2626 team helped four African teams prepare for the FIRST Robotics Competition, which earned them a gold medal in the Dr. Mae Jemison Awards for International Unity, in recognition for their professionalism and cooperative ties with the other teams in the competition.

Get in touch!

Séminaire de Sherbrooke
195 Marquette
Sherbrooke, QC J1H 1L6


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