I am so happy that I got to represent SD43 because they really back me up and give me a lot of space for creativity. I feel as if that’s something I wouldn’t be able to do at another district.
Riverside Secondary has been a digital immersion school since 2008 and started the One to One program in 2013. Mr. Robinson came to Riverside in 2014 to teach science and explore the possibilities with the One to One program. Also, he began the C.O.L (Coquitlam Open Learning) program for Digital Literacy.
Robinson says that he tries to do a Global Project every semester, but the Light Poverty Project, for which he was nominated, stood out from the others. Robinson’s grade 9 science class partnered up with a class in the Dominican Republic to create lanterns for their innovative electricity assignment. A parent of one of his students, Janna Grant, and a teacher from the Dominican Republic nominated Robinson by writing a letter
to the government for his amazing work on the lanterns with the class in the Dominican Republic. Out of thousands of teachers in British Columbia, Robinson was one of the three finalists for his category. Upon selection, he traveled to Victoria’s Government House for the ceremony.
Robinson said when he heard his name called at the Government House he felt honored. “I am so happy that I got to represent SD43 because they really back me up and give me a lot of space for creativity. I feel as if that’s something I wouldn’t be able to do at another district,” said Robinson. Robinson was granted a 5,000-dollar reward to use towards the development of the school, and he plans to recycle the award back to SD43 by taking some of the innovations that he and his students are working on now to Uganda to help further with the light poverty issues that many countries experience.