18 Teams, 76 Students, 1 Great Event
We have just finished our 1st ever Westmont Prize competition and it was a great success! We had schools from all across Greater Victoria engage in an exploration of sustainability issues, then create actionable solutions to these issues.
The whole competition was modelled after our high school program with the key elements being:
- project based learning
- providing mentorship experiences in the topics being explored
- engaging in content that matters to students
- moving academic learning out of textbooks into the real world
The focus of the competition was on the process students used to explore the topics. We wanted to provide tools for students to discover and think critically about the issues. All of this culminating in video presentations of their process and solutions.
All of the teams did amazingly well. In the end, there was one team that was the winner of the $10,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of their choice. Check out their submission.