A record number of teams will be competing in the Upper Grand District School Board's regional skills competition.
The UGDSB holds the annual Skills Canada competition for students in grades 4 through 8.
This year will see 1,260 students from 61 elementary schools compete, the largest turn out ever.
With so many participants, the UGDSB must use three locations to hold the competitions.
Challenges include Lego Robotics and Mechanics, Character Animation, TV/Video Production, Health and Safety, Design and Build along with Green Energy, Construction and Vex Robotics.
Officials say the competitions allow students to use their knowledge of math, science and technology in an engaging way.
It also provides the opportunity for team work and other skills they can use in the professional field.
The winning teams will be able to compete at the provincial level in May.
Things kick off on Friday, April 6th at College Heights SS, Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute and Centennial Arena.
The event runs from 9am to 2pm at all three locations.