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February 4, 2014
First robotics is a yearly competitions created
in 1992 where each school would gather a team to
design and build a robot to be able to play a
game, the nature of which changes each year.
This year our students gathered at the Science
Center in the Old Port to witness the unveiling
of the new sport that was chosen to be played.
This year’s sport is named “Aerial Assist”.
Aerial Assist is composed of three teams (a
robot from each) having to cooperate with each
other to move a 2 foot diameter exercise ball
down a field and try to score the most points in
a time region of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. There
are many different ways of scoring points
creating endless amount of strategies to be used
during the competition.
Click here for the sport that we will be
playing this year.
From the youngest of our school to the grade 11s
we are a mixed bunch brought together by an
interest in developing a robot and building it.
We are captained by a grade 11 student named
Daniele Comitogianni. He set out to interview a
group of students from grade 7 to 11 to pick the
best kind of team that is well balanced and
ready to work. He did this for our schools
personal project which each student at the end
of grade 10 gets introduced to. With the
research and the knowledge of the adults around
him he chose a team ready to build.
The team is enhanced greatly by the support we
receive from a number of different sources.
Our mentors come to us from a variety of
engineering backgrounds. We are fortunate enough
to have mentors from McGill University, Dawson
College, Bombardier and the Canadian Space
We also receive financial support from a variety
of sources particularly Youth Fusion, First
Quebec and the Argosy Foundation. A full list of
our sponsors can be found on the team website.
Most importantly the whole school community is
behind us. We have a dedicated team of
cheerleaders working on routines for the final
competition. We are also extremely grateful to
the work of Rosie’s Kitchen and our WOTP kids
who make meals for us as our meetings go on
until 8 or 9pm.
Robotics is a great learning experience. Many
people who join are people who want to go into
mechanical or electrical programs in the future
and continue in this stream from there on. It is
good because it gives you a basic knowledge of
everything you will go through when completing
your goals for the years to come. It teaches our
students about how things work in real life
industries and gives them a wake up to how
things work out of school.
This also is a great social experience for all
students. It enables team work and you must
interact when on this team to try and add and
help pitch in ideas to help our team come up
with the best design. You are also paired with
students who have similar interests creating
opportunities to make more friends and have a
great time interacting with people you have
never spoken to at your time in the school.
Lakeside Robotics Blog Website
HONOUR ROLL BREAKFAST
AT LAKESIDE ACADEMY
On 2nd December 2013 Lakeside Academy once again
celebrated the success of the students who had
made Honour Roll by achieving an average grade
of over 80% during term 1. Over 200 students
managed this feat and were invited to a
celebratory breakfast. There were bagels,
croissants. fruit, cookies, juices and chocolate
milk all served by the staff at Lakeside.
A draw was held to choose a lucky winner from
each level. Congratulations to the five
recipients of a $15 Chapters voucher; Allison
Kwang, William Weaver, Julianne Madden, Malisa
Patel and Michelle Sabourin.
Well done to all the students for making the
list and we wish you a successful Term 2.
A big thank you to all the staff for making it
such a wonderful celebration for the students of
Academy at the Montreal Google Summit
On the 7th and 8th December 2013 LPBSB hosted the first
Montreal Google Summit at Lakeside Academy. Since the launch
of the Chromebook 1:1 for Everyone program at Lakeside the
staff have been working hard to learn about Google Apps for
Education. This was a perfect opportunity for many teaching
staff to really learn about what could be done and to be
inspired. The vast majority of Lakeside teachers were there
on this two day summit and they all came away talking about
what workshops they had been to, how they could incorporate
it into their classrooms and how inspired they were. The
presenters were informative and gave great practical tips
which could be put to use straight away. The Lakeside
Academy students were also involved in being chaperones to
the over 500 participants that came from across North
America and they did an amazing job showing people around,
making sure the presenters had everything they needed and
helping at lunchtime. It is actually very difficult to
explain how inspirational the summit was. On the half day in
the following week the staff met to discuss what they had
"It was truly an eye-opening experience to the endless
possibilities that are available for our students. Our
students become more than receivers of information in our
classroom, they become creators and teachers with the
addition of technology at their fingertips. It is an
exciting time to be a teacher. " said teacher Sarah
Academy Science Fair 2013
On Friday 13th December 2013 Lakeside Academy hosted it’s
annual Science Fair. This year’s event was even bigger than
last with an incredible 143 projects being submitted and
exhibited. Everybody in Sec 1 to 4 takes part in this annual
event and the Sec 5 Physics and Chemistry students take part
by being judges. This year the standard of the projects was
amazing, which made the judging of them that much harder.
The students came in the morning and set up their display
and got ready for the judging in the afternoon. The students
then came back in the evening and the gym was opened up to
the public to come and see the exhibits. There was then an
Awards Ceremony in the auditorium where the 1st, 2nd, 3rd
and honourable mentions got their certificates and medals.
The following students were the winners in each year group:
Sec 1 - Carolyn Pauletto and Allison Kwang, Sec2 - Simane
Warsome, Sec 3 - Marco Ferrante, Sec 4 - Both given 1st
place Jamie Lewis (Design) and Amylia Di Iorio
Decker(Experimentation.(Se photos below)
There was also a Judge’s luncheon provided by the students
in the Work Orientated Training Path program (WOTP) who set
up the kitchen and a classroom like a restaurant. They
provided an amazing bean lasagne, a salad bar and a wide
selection of homemade cakes that had the Judges coming back
Many thanks to Mr. Preston and his team for once again
putting on a wonderful Science Fair.
November 2013 Lakeside Academy launched their Chromebook
program at an afternoon gala. Various people were invited:
parents of Sec 1 students, commissioners, Steve Ballleine
Assistant Director of the LBPSB, Dave Melloche Region 3
Director, Michael Chechile Director of Educational Services,
Suanne Stein Day Chairperson of LBPSB, teachers and the Sec
1 students themselves.
The lunch was provided by the students of our Work Study
program who put on a magnificent display of culinary
delights. Rosie Chiappetta who runs the kitchen program said
”The students worked very hard and did an incredible job
with the planning, food preparation and coordination of the
The planning for the introduction of the Chromebooks started
back in June when all the Sec 1 teachers went to a workshop
at the PEC centre. Since then there has been many training
and planning sessions with teachers going to Chicago to see
a Chromebook program up and running.
The Chromebook uses Google apps for Education and all the
work is saved on the “cloud”. This means that it can be
accessed from any computer in any place. The opportunities
for the students to use technology in the classroom as part
of their learning are incredible; it enables them to have
instant access to information. It was very important that
when launching a program like this that it was accessible
for all students and not one particular group.
Tanya Avrith, the LBPSB Educational Technology and Digital
Citizenship Lead Teacher, who has been supporting the
implementation of the program, said that the students were
pioneers of technology. Michael Chechile said that it is a
first for the LBPSB where all students in a whole grade
level are able to have a laptop like this. It was very
important from the start that everybody be included in this
The staff and the students have been very enthusiastic about
this initiative and have using the Chromebooks as part of
the learning experience. Michelle Harper, Principal of
Lakeside Academy, said that since the launch it has been
incredible how students and teachers alike have embraced
this in their classrooms as part of the learning.
More than half the staff will be attending the Google in
Education, Montreal summit that is being held at Lakeside
Academy, where more than 500 people from around the world
will be here in attendance.