Students solve tuna research challenge

28/04/16

Anna MacDonnell was wrestling with a 400 to 1500lb challenge. The DFO fishery technician was trying to collect tuna samples to determine the health of the population, but the size of the fish was making it a difficult task. “I’d be exhausted by the end,” says Anna. “The part of the tuna researchers need is the otoliths, which is essentially the ear bone. In order to extract it, I have to open an extremely large head, hold it and run a chain saw down it.”   Anna needed something to hold the head in place while she worked. She and her colleagues tried to...

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RTA students shine light on century old issue in North Preston

28/04/16

Elaine Cain was surprised when students from NSCC’s Radio and Television Arts program approached her to talk about her 30-year struggle to get the legal title to her family’s North Preston property. She was even more surprised that, with the exception of one student, they were white. “Because of the history North Preston has in the media, there’s been some reluctance about visiting our community,” says Elaine. “But they were very professional and very sociable, and I felt comfortable and confident to speak with them for their project.” The students were investigating the issue of land titles in North Preston for a...

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NSCC takes silver for Canada

20/04/16

With little time to compete, and the use of hot tools forbidden, you could say that the recent Abilympics were pretty hair-raising for Amanda Langthorne. “I was doing three hair designs on mannequins, and at the event briefing, changes were revealed unbeknownst me,” says the Burridge Campus Cosmetology program graduate. “I had to change my whole style. It was a lot of pressure because I was up against some of the best hairdressers in the world, but I think the challenge brought out the best in me.” Amanda wasn’t the only one who felt that way about the world’s largest skills competition for people...

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Pictou students win One NS-themed challenge

30/03/16

With twenty minutes to spare, Janine Hawes and her teammates pressed ‘send' and breathed a deep sigh of relief, mixed with exhaustion and pride. The Pictou Campus students, along with peers from across the province, spent 12 hours developing a tool to attract newcomer entrepreneurs to Nova Scotia – all part of the very first Challenge NS competition. The event tasked students with solving a problem related to the One NS report. “We were really pressed for time, but we had received a lot of good input from mentors and fellow students, so we were feeling pretty good,” explained first-year business student...

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