Taking part in the EIBC competition gave the work more purpose as the students felt (and expressed) that they were working towards a more significant goal and a target which they could achieve. The added bonus of a cash prize and the possibility of going onto the national competition were additional incentives for the students with their group work. When a student leaves university, they will come across many situations in both their day-to-day life and in the workplace where they are in a competitive situation. Therefore, competitions not only help them to achieve, but can also prepare them to achieve within their chosen career paths”. The competition also provided additional leverage, opportunity and encouragement to have cross-disciplinary team working, providing real, practical, experiential learning of team working for the students.
David Sowden, Lecturer, Engineering - Global Challenge Module