Pro­gram brings ex­cep­tional stu­dents to­gether for learn­ing, com­pe­ti­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

FRED­ER­IC­TON - Ev­ery year, roughly 800 of the bright­est high school stu­dents from across Canada are given a chance to ex­plore their full po­ten­tial through an in­no­va­tive month-long pro­gram at one of 13 uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try.

The pro­gram, known as Shad, pro­motes en­trepreneur­ship, team build­ing and prob­lem solv­ing, and the stu­dents are spend­ing much of their time this year ex­am­in­ing the is­sue of cli­mate change.

About 80 of the stu­dents are at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick in Fred­er­ic­ton where part of the pro­gram in­volves a com­pe­ti­tion to build and pro­gram a ro­bot to fol­low a pre­scribed course in the fastest time.

This year’s win­ner was team “Slow Coco.”

The Team mem­ber, Lili Paroski of Water­loo, Ont., says she’s learn­ing a lot, but the best part of the com­pe­ti­tion was win­ning.

More than 16,000 teens have gone through the pro­gram since 1980, in­clud­ing 32 who be­came Rhodes Schol­ars.

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