Technological Education graduate helps students rock robotics competition

Corey Lehman works with a student on the Rick Hansen Secondary School robotics team Theory6.If you ask Corey Lehman, he may just tell you that he teaches the coolest subject offered at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga: Robots.While the class is technically called Manufacturing Technology, Lehman, a recent Brock technological education graduate (TCTD ’12), has enjoyed teaching the complexities of a subject that goes beyond just “shop class.”“At most schools (manufacturing technology) means machine shop,” he said. “However, at Rick Hansen Secondary School … it is a specialist high skills major program.”Specialist high skills major programs let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).Teaching the course also gave Lehman the chance to be the lead mentor of the school’s robotics team – one that joined forces with a team in Texas to win the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis last month.FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in the U.S. in 1989 to inspire and mentor young people in science, engineering and technology.Lehman, a former tool and die maker, and welder, began his involvement with the Rick Hansen robotics team, Theory6, during his second teaching practicum last year and hasn’t looked back.“It was the middle of the robotic team’s build season and I offered to help mentor in the machine shop,” he said. “A couple of weeks later and I was hooked. I travelled all over North America with the team and had quite the positive experience.”So when the opportunity to work at Rick Hansen arose, Lehman jumped at it.“I never could have seen myself teaching robotics,” he said. “Now that I am, I know it is the right career path for me.”Lehman not only has the knowledge to help his students achieve greatness, he also knows when to sit back and let them take the lead.With 85 students on the RHSS robotics team, Lehman said he prefers to simply facilitate the process, allowing the students to plan, design, build and program the robot. Students are able to learn the most this way, he said.Such programs offer experience and skills that continue to prepare the next generation of students for the proverbial real world.“FIRST Robotics gives students a chance to work together in real world situations,” he said. “They learn time management, how to communicate effectively with others, budgeting, design process, networking, building (and) hands-on skills and confidence.”And much like those who taught Lehman during his time in the technological education program, he feels the same pride seeing his students succeed.“I am so very proud of my students and truly feel they deserve everything they achieved this year.”Visit Theory6 online read more

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UNP to decide between Ranil Sajith Karu

He said that with the Presidential elections just a few months away the UNP will need to decide on its Presidential candidate soon. Wijewardene said that the UNP will now need to meet to select the best candidate. The United National Party confirmed that it will pick either party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya or Sajith Premadasa as the UNP Presidential candidate.State Minister of Defence and Mass Media non-cabinet Minister and UNP Gampaha District Member of Parliament Ruwan Wijewardene said that there is one group in the UNP who want Wickremesinghe to contest the next Presidential election while another group backs Karu Jayasuriya and another Sajith Premadasa. Wijewardene said the UNP will also meet on 5 August to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with its coalition partners. read more

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Most automakers report April sales gains on growing demand for small midsize

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2015 6:59 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts’ predictions of a 6 per cent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.Buyers, buoyed by lower gasoline prices, flocked to crossover SUVS that handle like cars and sit up higher. The gains came at the expense of many small and midsize cars.“The demand for crossover SUVs is off the charts,” said Bill Fay, a Toyota group vice-president.Erich Merkle, Ford’s top sales analyst, said small SUVs accounted for almost 19 per cent of industry sales last month, two percentage points higher than a year ago.General Motors Co., the top-selling automaker in the U.S., posted a 5.9 per cent increase and sold 269,000 vehicles. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox midsize SUV rose 42 per cent to nearly 29,000, while sales of the Buick Encore small SUV gained 29 per cent to nearly 5,600. But the Chevrolet Malibu midsize car fell nearly 13 per cent, while sales of the Chevy Cruze compact dropped nearly 4 per cent.Ford Motor Co. posted a 5 per cent gain for its best April in nine years. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker sold more than 222,000 cars and trucks last month, led by record SUV sales.The revamped Ford Edge midsize SUV posted its best April sales ever at just over 13,000, up 78 per cent from a year ago. Ford sold 26,000 Escape small SUVs, up nearly 5 per cent. But sales of the Fusion midsize car and Focus compact car both fell.Sales of the F-Series pickup, Ford’s top-selling vehicle, fell 1 per cent to 63,000. The company continues to ramp up production of a new model with an aluminum body. Selling prices for the F-Series averaged a record $42,600, with lower monthly payments due to longer loans driving purchases of loaded-out trucks.GM sold 46,000 Chevrolet Silverado pickups, its bestseller, for a gain of nearly an 8 per cent. Sales of the Ram pickup, Fiat Chrysler U.S. LLC’s top-selling vehicle, rose 3 per cent to just under 38,000.Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand benefited from the SUV craze as well. Jeep posted its best-ever monthly sales at nearly 72,000, up 20 per cent from a year ago. Overall, Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose about 6 per cent.Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 1.8 per cent sales increase to just over 203,000 with record April sales of the RAV4 small SUV and Highlander midsize SUV.At Nissan, sales were up 5.7 per cent to nearly 110,000. The company said its small and midsize SUVs set an April record, led by the Nissan Rogue with an increase of 45 per cent.Hyundai Motor Co. also reported its best April ever with sales up 2.9 per cent to slightly above 68,000.The Volkswagen brand, which lacks strong SUVs, saw sales fall about 3 per cent to just over 30,000. Most automakers report April sales gains on growing demand for small, midsize SUVs read more

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