gradireland National Student Challenge 2018 is under way.

50 of Ireland’s best and brightest students are currently battling it out to be named Ireland’s best of the 2018 gradireland National Student Challenge, currently taking place at Chartered Accountants House in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

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“Keep your minds open, relax, and enjoy the day,” said Mark Mitchell, gradireland Director, before students were warmed up by challenge organisers Orangeworks with an ice-breaker consisting of multiple games of rock, paper, scissors!

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Throughout the day the students, divided into six colour coded groups, will be put through their paces in a series of fiendishly challenging, ingeniously inventive challenges including obstacle courses, car races, robotics, handling ‘hazardous’ material and more! Each challenge is assessed by some of gradireland’s employer partners, with company representatives eager tosee what each of these students has to offer and toe assess if they have what it takes to become the National Student Challenge champion for 2018. Although all students take part in each challenge as part of a team they are assessed individually.

This year’s sponsors are Lidl, PwC, EY, Glanbia, gradpublicjobs and AbbVie.

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NSC Challengers receiving their briefing from Lidl before their challenge begins.

The first challenge, sponsored by Lidl, was the Torque Challenge in which students had to follow clues to open a box, don hazmat suits and construct a car powered by compressed air and be the first to reach the End Zone.

Stay tuned for further updates!


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