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Students Take Up DECA Challenge

Image: JA Volunteer Wilton Jeremie Facilitates training
Image: JA Volunteer Wilton Jeremie Facilitates training
JA Volunteer Wilton Jeremie Facilitates training

JUNIOR Achievement (JA) hosted a consultation on Tuesday on the GEW DECA Idea Challenge Competition at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Secretariat.

The DECA Idea Challenge is a fast-paced learning activity that challenges student teams around the globe to find an innovative new use for a commonplace item in eight days. Student teams of three to five members are asked to pitch their invention in a creative, 3-minute YouTube video presentation.

The competition creates a fun and exciting way for students to be imaginative and resourceful while learning about the entrepreneurial process. It also reinforces the 21st Century Skills concepts of collaborative problem-solving and learning in digital networks.

This year, the item required to be used and reinvented in the challenge is plastic water bottles as announced by DECA Inc. Entries will be grouped into three winning categories:1) Elementary and Middle School (ages 6 to 13 years) 2 – High School (ages 14 to 18 years); 3 – Collegiate (ages 18 years and above) and evaluated by a panel of judges. A finalist team from each category will be selected to compete in the global final round. From the collection of global finalists, three teams, one from each educational category, will be deemed the 2016 DECA Idea Challenge global winners. Student teams have until Wednesday, at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit their challenge entry to the Chamber for evaluation.

Global winners will be awarded as follows: 1. Elementary and Middle School – US$500.00
2. High School US$750.00 3. Collegiate US$750.00

Schools responded overwhelmingly to this challenge with 14 teachers from the primary and secondary schools attending the consultation as they prepare to participate in this global competition held for the first time in St. Lucia.

Please visit http://www.decadirect.org/2016/11/10/item/ for additional information.

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