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
Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) looks to drive the ball to the basket in the first half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor the first time in six games, Ohio State is preparing for its next opponent with a win after defeating Nebraska 70-60 on the road behind a career-best performance from freshman guard Luther Muhammad.But the Cornhuskers were losers of four of their past six. Michigan, the Buckeyes’ next opponent, has three fewer losses throughout the entirety of the season, and comes in as the No. 3 scoring defense in the country, allowing 56.5 points per game.For Muhammad and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, both of whom are not from Ohio, the rivalry between Ohio State and the Wolverines is new.Woods, a Gastonia, North Carolina, native, said it took seeing the football team defeat Michigan 62-39 on the football field to really let the rivalry sink in.“Being at that football game, you really understand,” Woods said. “You really understand that Ohio State and Michigan don’t like each other, and you know how serious it is for both ends, so this game is serious for us to get this win.”Projected StartersOhio State (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.3 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apgNo. 5 Michigan (19-1, 8-1 Big Ten)G — Zavier Simpson — Junior, 8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apgG — Charles Matthews — Senior, 13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apgG — Jordan Poole — Sophomore, 12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Ignas Brazdeikis— Freshman, 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apgC — Jon Teske — Junior, 9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.9 apgThe Wolverines hold teams to the third-fewest points per game in the nation, and do so by forcing opponents to shoot 39.4 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from 3, No. 20 and No. 26 in the NCAA, respectively.Head coach Chris Holtmann said the defensive success comes from the talent Michigan holds in its starting five.“Great individual defenders, they’ve got a great system, but any elite defensive team, you’re gonna look and you’re gonna find great individual, versatile defenders,” Holtmann said.Holtmann complimented junior guard Zavier Simpson, calling him “as good of an on-ball defender as I can remember seeing in college basketball.”In Michigan’s most recent game against Indiana, the Wolverines trusted senior guard Charles Matthews to cover Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford, the Hoosier’s leading scorer. In Michigan’s 23-point victory, Langford scored nine points on 3-of-12 shooting, and was a minus-24 for the game.Wolverines head coach John Beilein mainly avoids using depth, with the top seven in the rotation each clocking more than 300 minutes. The lowest eight players in minutes do not combine for more than 250 minutes between them.Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis leads Michigan with 15.2 points per game, and shoots 46.4 percent from the field.Holtmann said his opponent’s success comes from the combination of added youth with the veteran presence that sent Michigan to the NCAA Tournament final a season ago, notably with the return of players like Poole, Matthews, Teske and Simpson.“They’ve got great versatility,” Holtmann said. “Those four guys won a lot, played in a lot of games that have been very important, and then you add some depth, and obviously a freshman in Brazdeikis, who can create some real matchup issues, so obviously a great challenge.”Michigan comes in winners of 33 of its past 35 games dating back to the past season, and Ohio State comes in winners of one of its past six.The Wolverines haven’t lost a game at home in more than a year, losing to then-No. 5 Purdue 70-69 on Jan. 9, 2018.For Muhammad, none of that matters. The rivalry, the recent games, it’s all just background to the game that’s ahead.“I don’t really try to pay too much attention to the rivalry; it’s next game; they’re a great team, they’re a top 10 in the country right now,” Muhammad said. “We’re just focused on trying to come together and get another win.”Ohio State takes on No. 5 Michigan on the road at 9 p.m. Tuesday.