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September 28, 2019 – Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada  – IBM Canada’s Michael J Martin will present to high school students at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  Martin is a Senior Executive Consultant with IBM focused on Broadband Networks and the Internet of Things.  He is well versed in a myriad of related technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, analytics, cloud computing, federated networks, and autonomous vehicles.

These Orchard Park students are engaged in the global First Robotics’ mission as Team 2056.  The objective is to inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in the field of science, technology and engineering.  They pursue their mission primarily through running robotics competitions for school-age students at the elementary, junior high school, and senior high school level.

Team 2056 is dedicated to helping its members grow as individuals and as a team; working together to learn about science and technology and to pass that information on to others.  They strive to provide the best possible experience for their students to learn from our team’s dedicated mentors and volunteers.  They believe in hands-on education, allowing their members to work hand-in-hand with industry professionals and experts in their fields.  They also provide orientation seminars to all new members about mechanical design, programming, strategy, teamwork and work ethics with a strong emphasis on problem solving skills.  It is their hope that this will provide them with a solid base from which they can expand their expertise into any field that interests them.

Team 2056 implements a student-mentor program as well to help the younger students learn from the senior members.  The team is organized into 3 main divisions; Strategy, Engineering and Administrative, each with their own sub-sections and lead by a senior student.  Every year new members are asked to fill out a sheet of positions they are interested on our team.  They are then partnered up with a veteran student in that department to help teach them the skills they need in that area.  This way Team 2056 provides a continuous, effective learning environment, and prepares the students with both practical, hands-on training and leadership experience.

2056 Ways to Inspire

Once again, First Robotics Canada Team 2056 will be hosting their annual 2056 Ways To Inspire Conference.  It will be taking place on September 28, 2019 at Orchard Park Secondary School, Stoney Creek Ontario, Canada from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

m_martin_01Martin will discuss Autonomous Mining and how the work that these students are learning today can prepare them for future work in Canada’s vast mining industry that is embracing robotics and autonomous mining equipment at a far more rapid pace compared to other industries.  He will conduct a workshop with the student so they can run hands-on radio frequency models to predict coverage of these huge open pit mines with strong radio signal to communicate to the 800,000 lb dump trucks and the other unmanned vehicles operating on these sites.

Michael J Martin,, 416-729-9991 cellular

Orchard Park Secondary School, 200 Dewitt Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8E 4M5,, 905-662-3838 office