To develop future talent for Nova Scotia’s growing ICT and technology sectors, students from across the province will expand their skills and knowledge through the use of robots in the classroom.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has purchased five robot kits for the Acadia Robotics Youth Outreach Program. Acadia University has identified Uniacke District School in Mount Uniacke, The Booker School in Port Williams, and Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Upper Tantallon as recipients of the first three robots, and is in the process of distributing the remaining robot kits.
“The ICT and tech sector in Nova Scotia are key areas of focus for NSBI. Through the Acadia robotics program, we can help shape the workforce of the future by providing opportunities for tomorrow,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “This program is intended to get students thinking about their future, by putting the tech in their hands today.
“By providing them with robotic technology and experience we hope to inspire and develop careers to support tech space in our province.”
The Acadia Robotics Youth Outreach Program is designed to increase interest in building digital technology and computer science by engaging Nova Scotia students in annual robotics programming competitions and related activities that feature problem solving and teamwork.
“The Acadia robotics program depends on partnerships with external organizations and the commitment of volunteers,” said Gary Walsh, director, Acadia Robotics. “We are pleased to partner with an organization like NSBI as we work with students to drive innovation and shape future inventors.”
Nova Scotia ICT sector facts:
–There are 23,000 Nova Scotians employed in ICT related jobs.
–Nova Scotia has the highest number of graduates per capita in ICT fields in Canada.
–Nova Scotia is ranked number one in Canada for operating costs in software development.
–The Nova Scotia ICT industry is 1,000 establishments strong, accounting for 8.2 per cent of Nova Scotia’s business sector output.
For photos and video from today’s robotics demonstration, please visit http://novascotiabusiness.com/robotics.
For more information on the Acadia robotics program visit http://robots.acadiau.ca/robotics-home.html.