Piloted in 2016, the first ever 2 Day Challenge proved to be quite a success.
Students from different specializations were put into teams with people they had never met before! Under the tight timeline of the challenge and with so much new information to be digested in such a short time, students put their heads together and created bonds like no other.
When you are the only “expert” on the team, such as the only one who has knowledge on GIS, there is a lot of pressure to perform well and get it right. However, students took the challenge as a learning opportunity and were excited to collaborate and learn new things from each other. Pressure is also relieved when you know that all participating teams leave with a prize!
Here’s what our 2016 student participants had to say about their experience.
“One of the major themes of this challenge is to collaborate and that’s exactly what we did. And to be honest I think this whole challenge is almost like the one missing piece of my program and other programs at BCIT.” – Andrea Hegler, Sustainable Resource Management
“One thing that I found really useful was learning how to manage a team in the time that we were given. The site was so complex, we had so many ideas and we really had to hone in on the big picture of what it would look like once our design was complete.” – Tara Bodeux, Ecological Restoration
“I liked working with people in other disciplines in areas where I was lacking; people who know soils and know plants.” – Lanie Fung, Ecological Restoration