FPDI Robotics Pilot Project


The FPDI Robotics Workshop was a career exploration pilot to expose First Nations youth to possible careers in IT, programming, STEM concepts, and related careers.  


Contributing partners to the Pilot were the ICT Association of Manitoba, who contributed the use of 15 laptops donated by Hewlett Packard, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Youth Employment Services, Employment and Social Development Canada  ASETS.

92.3% Success Rate

A Huge Success; In 2017-18, 352 youth registered to participate in the FPDI Robotics Program. Workshops were presented to 16 First Nations: Bloodvein, Keeseekoowenin, Birdtail, Pine Creek, Nelson House, Sagkeeng, Lake Manitoba, Chemawawin, Sandy Bay, Pinaymootang, Peguis, Skownan, Jackhead, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, Lake St. Martin. Winnipeg Schools were offered the program and William Whyte, Niiji Mahkwa School also participated in this program.  

Social Skills Learned

Stem Learning Concepts

Measured Success


Success was measured by successful completion of real and virtual projects

Project Required Learning

Projects required learning and using:





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.