STELLARTON – More than 400 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students will spend 12 consecutive hours starting at 10 a.m. developing solutions to a challenge issued to them by Premier Stephen McNeil.
The students at various campuses that include Pictou are participating in NSCC’s fifth Annual Challenge Nova Scotia Competition – a pan-provincial event that asks students across all disciplines to develop innovative solutions to a social problem facing the province.
“Since Challenge NS began, I have been impressed by the creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit of the participating students, and I expect this year will be no different,” McNeil said. “The competition is an excellent opportunity for innovation and collaboration – two things we know are essential to Nova Scotia’s growth.”
At the beginning of the event, McNeil and NSCC President Don Bureaux will address participants via pre-recorded video and reveal the challenge question. Teams of three to five students will then develop their solutions and create 90-second explainer videos.
In the days following the event, video submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges – representing NSCC’s industry and community partners – who will award cash prizes to the top three teams.
The top three solutions will also be presented to Premier McNeil for consideration.
The challenge follows the annual Skills Canada – Nova Scotia trades and technology workshop that drew nearly 100 high school students to the Pictou Campus on Wednesday.
The workshop featured a dozen subjects that included automotive service and repair, cabinet making and carpentry, cosmetology, electronic engineering and electro-mechanical technology, heavy duty equipment, truck and transport repair, machining and plumbing, virtual and augmented reality and aspects of welding and welding inspection and quality control.
Skills Canada– Nova Scotia is a non-for-profit organization that organizes events like the one this week. It is done in partnership with industry, government, labour and education components.
From left NSCC students Patrick Landsburg helps Northumberland Regional High School skills student Allan Greene during a plumbing exercise as part of the Skills Canada – Nova Scotia trades and technology workshop at the Pictou Campus on Wednesday. (Goodwin photo)