Students to test their “Skills” in Board-wide competitions

Students from high schools across the York Catholic District School Board will test their skills in five technological areas of competition, which will give them a chance to qualify for regional and provincial Ontario Technological Skills Competitions.

The Board-wide Technological Skills Competitions takes place on Wednesday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Academy (7501 Martin Grove Road in Woodbridge)

Areas of competition include: Auto Service, Coding, Hairstyling, Photography, and TV/Video.

Auto Service – Students will facetime-limited challenges that test their technical abilities and knowledge of the auto service industry. Students will work on electrical series and parallel circuits, brake flaring, drum assembly suspension, engine timing, and more.

Coding – Students will be tested in various programming areas including problem-solving and knowledge of flow charts, user requirements, test plans, presentation skills, mathematics, variables, file input and output, control structures, and more.

Hairstyling – Working under time restraints on mannequins, students will cut, colour and style hair in three different ways: an ‘elegant evening long hairstyle/updo,’ a ‘classic men’s cut and style,’ and ‘a women’s trendy cut and style.’ Students will be assessed on their design and execution.

Photography This is a three-part competition where students will submit their best photo, which will be framed and displayed, a portfolio submission of 20 photos, and ten photos taken the day of the competition. Students will be assessed on their photographic eye, technical ability, creative content, and editing skills.

TV/Video – This competition features teams of two that will record and edit a 30-second public service announcement. Students will be assessed on their creative content, technical abilities in both recording and editing, and overall structure of their PSA.

Students who win gold in the Auto Service, Coding, Hairstyling and Photography categories will advance to represent York Catholic at the provincial competitions on May 7 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Teams that win gold and silver in the TV/Video category will advance to the regional skills competition on April 6 at Humber College North in Toronto.

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