Students need to be challenged on social innovation, says Microsoft
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Around 50 secondary school students from private, public and church schools met at the recent Social Innovation Challenge Powered by Microsoft event organized by the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta Foundation for young teenage students at the Microsoft Innovation Center.
Teams of seven students from each participating school competed in this one-day event where they were presented with a ’challenge’ for them to solve. Throughout the whole exercise, the participating teams were guided and assisted by officials from Microsoft Malta as well as officials from Junior Achievement Young Enterprise. The winning team won an Xbox with Kinect for their school as well as individual Microsoft product prizes for each of the team members.
The participating students were in for a real challenge and had an intense experience as they had to propose solutions within a given time frame, using tools and technology provided by Microsoft.
“When it comes to motivating and enticing students towards education and entrepreneurship, one-day challenges seem to be the best option,” commented Lorna Farrugia, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (Foundation) Malta following the successful event.
“Such challenges serve to steer young people towards business ideas which are not necessarily conceived within the traditional classroom setting. They are ideal ways to educate and motivate key players such as teachers and business people on how to encourage more entrepreneurship in the classroom” added Ms Farrugia.