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Students Take on Youth Challenge

Just a few weeks before school started, two OMS students were already solving real-world problems. Cooper Eastman and Robert Phillips attended a 1-week program for incoming 7th-9th graders to work in a team at a local business or organization to solve a real-world issue they are facing. It’s called the Future Prep’d iChallengeUth Earlier this summer, OMS Tech Ed and Engineering teacher Dave McCallum attended five training sessions to prepare for the program. He learned about local industries, toured a few companies and was trained on the concepts the students would be using. OMS teamed up with a group from another school; this team was partnered with Trans-Matic Corporation in Holland. The team spent their week at the company working on transforming the safety culture of Trans-Matic. “They came up with a war-themed safety campaign that was very well received,” Mr. McCallum said. The team had a tough audience, too. The company president, vice president, safety manager and several employees watched their presentation. “We’ll have to wait and see if they implement any of the boys’ ideas,” McCallum adds. It has happened before where students’ solutions are put to use.

Students were exposed to new industries, teamwork, problem-solving and more in their task. They learned the Creative Sequence Problem-Solving Process and the Skills for Success Framework to build soft skills. All of the student teams presented on the final day at the GVSU Meijer Campus in Holland. “It was an amazing experience for everyone involved,” McCallum says.

Pictured above: Robert Phillips and Cooper Eastman stand at Trans-Matic with Shane Headley, Technical Training Supervisor.