Challenge Days


What is a Challenge Day?


A one-day event that partners a small group of grades 11 & 12 students with a local business to work on a real business challenge that is currently impacting their company.  The students will work on-site at the company (if possible) where they will receive mentorship and guidance from a company representative.  Students work through problem solving methods to create one or more solutions to the company's challenge.  At the end of the day, students will present their solution(s) to the company representatives.


Challenge Day provides senior high school students with an excellent experiential learning opportunity to gain hands-on experience in real business situations.  Students learn/develop essential business skills including:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Brainstorming
  • Presentation/Pitching
  • Collaboration
  • Strategy
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking


Testimonials from students who have participated in Challenge Day:

Great chance to work as if in the real world alongside real people and the challenge they are currently facing.


Exceptional!  I feel that I have gained so much knowledge and experience.  I have a whole new understanding of the possibilities of my future.  Overall such an amazing day, I absolutely loved it.


Testimonial from a teacher who has observed Challenge Day:


This program [Challenge Day] that SHSM and the BEP provides the students with unique opportunities. The students said they felt valued. They commented that they felt as they could actually make a contribution to real problems and challenges the tech companies are dealing with and that what they've learned in school could be put into action and "tested out" with real problems. The day both inspired and opened students' eyes to careers and the types of creative opportunities they might like to pursue.


Dates for upcoming Challenge Days:

Interested in getting involved in Challenge Day?