On August 16 and 17, St. Peter High School showcased its collection of student-engineered robots and high-tech wares at the Mini Maker Fair, an annual family-friendly event that draws a community of art and technology enthusiasts from all over the region. This year, under the guidance of Rick Alexanderson, St. Peter’s computer engineering class showcased their 3D printer, 3D scanning technology and robots RITA and CARL. Through their partnership with Carleton University and the Maker movement, they have been creating innovative learning projects for students using an array of materials. They have also been engaging students to apply their creativity and technological savvy towards the creation of one-of-a-kind inventions and innovations.
This summer, our Focus on Youth Program provided six extra camp counselors for Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer camp for children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since the camp keeps a strict 1:1 camper to counselor ratio, this program allowed half a dozen more lucky kids to attend summer camp. The camp took place at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School over five weeks from July 7 to August 8.
Run by Children at Risk and funded by The King’s Daughters and Sons Ottawa City Union, Camp Kaleidoscope is a recreational camp that accommodates the deficits of autism through expertise and proven techniques, while providing the campers a high level of stimulation and excitement. Individuals with any level of autism have difficulty with summer camps due to their social and communication deficits as well as their unique behavioural challenges. Each situation is unique. In order to create a fun, inclusive and engaging summer camp, it needs to be a “specialized camp.” That is exactly what Camp Kaleidoscope offers.
The school didn’t choose this particular event just for the high-flying antics. A student at the school had a sick brother whose wish was granted through the charity. So, obviously, Make-A-Wish has a special place in the hearts of those at St. Pius X High School, and they were more than happy to give back.