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February 24, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli paid tribute today to the Near North Student Robotics Initiative today in a Members’ Statement in the Ontario Legislature.

The prepared text of Fedeli’s Members’ Statement is as follows:


Thank you, Speaker.  Students in my riding are again gearing up to challenge the world in the field of robotics.  Team 1305, the Near North Student Robotics Initiative, will be launching their robot this week in advance of the North Bay Regional Competition being held at Nipissing University later in March.

 Some 33 teams, including two from China and one from New York State, along with others from Ontario and Quebec will be locking their mechanical horns to see whose creation is superior.  This year’s theme is “First Stronghold.”

Last year, Team 1305, or Ice Cubed, as they’re also known, qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis last year after capturing the Chairman’s award.

This is the 16th year for the Near North Student Robotics Initiative, and it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteer mentoring efforts of people in our community like Anthony Koziol and Bev Carmichael, both of whom were recognized with awards at last year’s regional event in North Bay.

Speaker, I’m looking forward to attending Team 1305’s launch event on Friday, and witnessing the ingenuity and innovative skills our students in Nipissing have to offer.  Speaker, they’ve also been huge mentors to our First Nation community in my riding and have encouraged them as well to enter teams in the last couple of years.  It’s been very exciting.  I hope members of this House will take the time to get out and support their local Robotics team in the weeks ahead.


Video of Fedeli’s statement can be found online here: https://youtu.be/-0OA0UWQb90


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