Scarborough students win big in U.S. robotics contest



A Scarborough school has clinched the top prize in the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) Region One robotics conference which was held in Boston.

The Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School won the gold medal in the 10-team female competition and secured a place in next March’s national final in Pittsburgh.

Mary Charles-Hills who, along with fellow teacher, Kirubiel Mahari, accompanied the students, said the girls represented Canada well. They were the only Canadian team in the competition.

“They were really prepared for the competition,” she said. “They used the critiques in previous tournaments to ensure that details were included in their documentation and Power Point presentations. The lead engineer even went so far as to remark that their work went over and above expectations.”

The winning students were Olesya Johnson (industrial engineer), Georgina Bryan (mechanical engineer), Denisha Anderson-Stewart (electrical engineer) and Simone Bucknor (computer engineer).

The young women have taken part in previous national competitions in Las Vegas, Missouri and Toronto and last year’s regionals in Rochester, New York.

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