FPDI Robotics Program


The FPDI Robotics Workshop is a career exploration program to expose First Nations youth to possible careers in IT, programming, STEM concepts, and related careers.  With only 77,000 IT graduates in 2016/2017, and 216,000 IT jobs to fill by 2021, more people are needed in this area of expertise.

86.5% Success Rate

A Huge Success; In 2018-2019, 430 youth registered to participate with 372 completing FPDI's Robotics Program. Workshops were presented in 23 communities and schools with an 86.5% success rate. Communities that participated were: Ebb & Flow, Nelson House, The Pas, Waywayseecappo, Gamblers, Dakota Tipi, Swan Lake, Keeseekoowenin, Sagkeeng, Thompson, Sandy Bay, Riverton, Roseau River, Chemawawin, Long Plain, Pinaymootang and Pine Creek. Winnipeg locations were offered the program and Southeast Collegiate, William Whyte, and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata also participated.   

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Canad Inns Polo Park March 22 & 23, 2018, Winnipeg, MB


FPDI in conjunction with Cogmation Robotics hosted the two-day First Nation Robotics Youth Forum in Winnipeg. FPDI is excited to expand our outreach and bring the FPDI Robotics Program to Winnipeg Youth. This program encourages creativity, focused play and team-building skills. First Nation Youth from Northern communities mentored and supported Winnipeg Youth and introduced them to the world of Robotics. The Winnipeg Youth were introduced to the STEM concepts by learning through play at this two-day event.


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