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Pictou County NSCC team up for The Challenge

Students at the NSCC campus in Stellarton during the Nova Scotia Challenge held Nov. 22.
Students at the NSCC campus in Stellarton during the Nova Scotia Challenge held Nov. 22. - Contributed

Team from camous wins Nova Scotia Challenge 2019

STELLARTON, N.S. – Students at the NSCC took the challenge on Nov. 22.
“This is a province-wide challenge sponsored by the NSCC’s entrepreneurship department,” said Anne McDonah, academic chair of the school of business, standing in a hallway at the Stellarton campus.
The 12-hour NSCC Student Challenge is a competition that is intended to encourage innovation, help foster technical and creativity abilities, and enhance teamwork and collaboration, by bringing groups of students together to find new ways of solving problems.
There were more than 400 students taking part across the province, more than 40 of them at the Stellarton campus; students from business administration, office administration, welding inspection and quality control, and academic and career connections.
“This year’s question is, how are we going to stimulate more start-ups, that turn into high-growth businesses?” McDonah said. 
Team submissions will be viewed by an external panel of judges. More than 410 students at 12 campuses across the province are brainstorming, collaborating, and researching to contribute to the province’s current economic and social well-being.
By early afternoon on Nov. 22, the students in Stellarton were having a brainstorming session. “We have a number of mentors at the campus throughout the day,” said McDonah. 
“They’re still in the brainstorming stage and this afternoon, they’ll pick an idea and ultimately, make a 90-second video.”
Scott MacPherson, dean school of business for the Nova Scotia Community College system, said the only commitment required of the students is the video.
“What they do to help them get to that 90-second video is up to them. It’s great to see the students working together, to see them trying to take all of these ideas and narrow them down. Everything is so wide-open at the beginning, you could tell they were a little overwhelmed at first, and you just try to narrow the topics down more and more.”
McDonah called it “an excellent opportunity for students to network with the community, to network with each other (and) to spark their critical thinking skills, and to help be a part of solving an issue for Nova Scotians.”
The winning videos will go to the premier’s office. 
“Depending on what the solution is, they may use them or not (but) it’s giving students an actual opportunity to have a voice in improving the economy of Nova Scotia,” McDonah added. 
First prize for the student’s challenge is $2,000 cash, split between the team, while second prize is $1,500 and third is $1,000.

Team from Pictou County campus wins first prize in NS Challenge

A three-person team from the NSCC Stellarton campus took first prize in the Nova Scotia challenge and won $2,000 for their efforts.

The team was comprised of Mickayla Fraser, Rylee McLean and Saje MacLeod. Here is a link to their submitted entry: https://youtu.be/zl8GFYoGn_A

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