Gravenhurst High School students visit local tech businesses

On May 27, students from Gravenhurst High School (GHS) visited local businesses to explore the various career pathways available to students in technology.

The opportunity was the first of its kind and was made possible due to the collaboration between GHS and Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN), who funded the initiative and provided additional funds to the school to purchase materials and technology that will allow GHS to expand the opportunities available to students who are a part of the school’s Tech Team extra-curricular. 

The first guest of the tour was a visit from Flutter Photography drone pilot, Josh Laverty, who talked to the students about careers that utilize drones. Laverty also did some drone demonstrations in the school’s cafeteria.

Students then visited Sawdust City Brewing, where they heard from brewmaster, Sam Corbeil, about the chemistry of brewing and the technology used in canning. Also present was the brewery’s graphic designer, Dayna King, who taught the group about how she uses technology to design the can labels.

Travelling over to Icarus Aero, students were greeted by owner and aerospace engineer, Ryan Hadar, who showed the students how they design and manufacture parts used in the aerospace industry. During this visit, a few students in the group that are planning to go into this field of work were encouraged to submit a resume and have had interviews since!

At FlyFTA, the group met with operations manager, Marcus Poitrus, who showed the students an airplane that they were servicing. Students were able to learn about aircraft construction and mechanics, as well as aircraft body detailing. During this visit, one student in the group that wants to be a pilot had a pre-scheduled, on-the-spot interview with the company while they were there!

The last stop of the day was to Muskoka Rock Company. Lead production manager, Matt Coulson, gave the group a tour of their main production facility, where students had industry-only access to the robotics, coding, and AutoCAD technology to custom cut granite.

The GHS Tech Team is open to all students in Grades 9 to 12. The group meets every Monday and Tuesday before and after school to develop their skills in applications, including micro-soldering, drones, virtual reality, 3D printing, graphic design, and textile manufacturing. 

Students at Icarus Aero
Students at Muskoka Rock Company.
Flutter Photography drone pilot.
Students at Sawdust City Brewing.

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