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In a previous post, we pointed out that prices in Toronto's real estate seem to be ever more correlated with good public school districts. Thats not too surprising - private schools command a hefty after tax dollar. Where do public schools fit in the drive to securing a great education for our kids? All schools are different, but one of the biggest advantages private schools have over public schools are their additional facilities and curricular activities. Public schools don't have the resources or expertise necessary to have facilities like robotics labs. Icewire Makerspace (1560 Bayview Ave) is a family run robotics lab that your kids will love. It's a fun, challenging, and creative way to engage your kids with tomorrow's technology. On a recent school trip, my kid's class learned how to program robots to perform basic tasks, find routes around obstacles, and even make music! There's a 4 player Pong game (made out of LEDs and the same computers that the kids will work on), and the kids can build a full 3 dimensional bust of themselves using a 3D scanner and printer.

Why are robotics important?According to the Globe and Mail 'A recent study from the Boston Consulting Group shows that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 per cent per year in the world’s 25-biggest export nations through 2025 – overshadowing the current growth of two to three per cent.' We went on a tour of a few of the mid-town private schools, and the 'Robotics lab' sign was never far from the entrance.

I am a self-professed geek. Prior to real estate, I co-founded and ran an IT consulting firm that eventually employed over 70 consultants and had 3 of the big 5 banks as clients, along with the Ontario Government and several other notable clients. I guess it's no surprise that I really enjoyed Icewire. The great part is...your kids can too! The owners are the instructors...they were great with the kids, and really captured their creativity and imagination. Go check it out...definitely worth the trip.

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