Lakeshore Catholic Takes Top Honour in Brock University’s First-Ever Maker Challenge

Congratulations to Lakeshore Catholic High School and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – first and second place winners in Brock University’s inaugural Maker Challenge.

The event brought together students from six high schools in Niagara, Peel and southwestern Ontario to showcase their technological talents. It was held during Brock’s Ninth Annual Tech Showcase, which took place at the school’s Hamilton Campus February 15. The Showcase provides a chance for practicing teachers, teacher education candidates and university faculty members to learn about the latest innovations available to the education community and a forum to discuss how new technology is being used.

“It’s impressive and inspiring to see the kinds of everyday living problems the school teams have discovered and the resourcefulness they’ve shown in coming up with creative, practical and working solutions,” Tony DiPetta, the Maker Challenge co-ordinator and associate professor in the Faculty of Education. “When people wonder where society’s entrepreneurs and tradespeople are going to come from, I suggest they look at the work these shop class teams have done and they will realize the value of school High Skills Majors programs and the new ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) initiative.”

The winners of Wednesday’s Brock School Maker Challenge were selected by a judging panel of industry and community leaders and technology experts. Lakeshore Catholic’s innovative design for wheelchair-friendly cafeteria seating earned the school $2,000. The students from Holy Cross Catholic received $1,500 for their aesthetically pleasing trash bins designed for the Port Dalhousie BIA.

Congratulations, too, goes to Darren Schmahl’s Green Industries students from Denis Morris Catholic High School, Saint Michael Catholic High School and Saint Paul Catholic High School, as well as Marc Pilote’s Construction Technology students from Denis Morris for their submission, the Bee Hotel on display in Niagara Falls. This display educates the public about the importance of bees to our fragile ecosystem, and also incorporates Canada’s 150th birthday into the design.


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