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Elementary Skills Challenge


The Elementary Skills Challenge is hosted by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and is an excellent opportunity for our students to engage in hands-on 21st Century Learning. 

Please see below for changes to this year’s Elementary Skills Challenge


  1. The process of inquiry, investigation and initial design/ prototyping will begin prior to the challenge days.
    (Information on the challenge scopes and materials can be found at; http://bit.ly/elemskills-scopes)

  2. Students will have an opportunity to define their own problems to solve or work on a challenge defined by the co-chairs.

  3. Challenges will be aligned with our Catholic Social Teachings or related to social justice, activism, equity or well-being.

  4. The focus of the day will be on co-learning (i.e. student learning from each other) not competition.

  5. The learning will be informed by feedback from community members/ experts (i.e. engineers, industry professionals, etc..).

  6. Students will self-assess their development of the global competencies (assessment as learning).

  7. Co-chairs/ other educators will assess student growth on the competency  (assessment of learning).

  8. In the afternoon we will regroup students (i.e. 2 students from one school partnered with 2 students from another school) and issue a supplemental challenge that requires solving.

  9. We will not be awarding participant ribbons or medals - instead, we will move to levels of achievement determined by the evaluation criteria of the co-chairs (bronze, silver, gold, platinum)


New for 2018, we will be adding a 3D printing category (Tinkercad) to the challenge.

 January 9, 2018 Online registration for all competitions opens.
 February 8, 2018 Initial registration deadline. Schools will be notified if there are additional spots to register a 2nd team for each category. 

 February 15, 2018 Final registration deadline for all categories. 

 February 21, 2018   Teachers obtain signed parental consent forms and emergency contact information for all challenge participants.

 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
 8 AM - 3 PM

Grade 4-6 Skills Challenge - Student Recreation Centre (Building G), Conestoga College, Doon Campus. The main entrance for the recreation centre faces towards the woods and E wing building.
Parking is in lot #14 only.
Video editing & coding teams - will be in a separate room on the second floor of the recreation centre.
3D printing teams - will be in classrooms 2E23  2E24 E wing building (across the street).

 Thursday, March 1, 2018
 8 AM - 3 PM
Grade 7-8 Skills Challenge - Student Recreation Centre (Building G), Conestoga College, Doon Campus. The main entrance for the recreation centre faces towards the woods and E wing building. 
Parking is in lot #14 only.
Video editing & coding teams - will be in a separate room on the second floor of the recreation centre.
3D printing teams - will be in classrooms 2E23  2E24 E wing building (across the street).
 Friday, March 2, 2018Backup Day. If schools or Conestoga college are closed, the challenge day is cancelled. If school buses are cancelled, the competition is still on.

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