Med High students rank Top 20 in national Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge

Med High students rank in Top 20 in National Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge
Posted on 03/03/2016
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Students in Sylvia Odoms’ technology class at Med High placed in the Top 20 in the nation in the Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge.  

Team 3D Model 4B5 consisted of Christopher Slasor, a sophomore from Mission; Sam Treviño, a freshman from Mission; Jessica Velasco, a sophomore from Edinburg and Kendrick Wyatt, a sophomore from Mercedes. 

Teams of four from all across the country registered and competed in the Virtual Team Challenge— a challenge where students faced business tasks and challenges that simulate the real-world experiences of professional services employees like the people with careers at Deloitte.   

Teachers were given a challenge overview and a synopsis of rules for the competition.  With each task, teachers took time to introduce the basic business concepts that would be useful in the challenge. 

Team 3D Model 4B5 had time to work on the virtual project during class; however, students were also able to log-in outside of the classroom to complete virtual tasks and missions. 

Each challenge is a competitive situation where all information is confidential.  Students learned the importance of treating each mission as a real-world competing professional service firm would. 

Each team member had designated roles for the virtual challenge.  Roles included: fast tracker, which was responsible for support services including decisions about hiring emergency services and logistics vendors to make sure the cleanup runs smoothly; smooth operator, which was responsible for media and volunteer management, including decisions about hiring a public relations firm and a spokesperson for the cleanup so that support-donations from the public adequately fund the cleanup; grim stopper, which was responsible for the physical aspects of the environment, including hiring oil spill containment, recovery and disposal vendors; and green machine, which was responsible for crisis administration, including hiring vendors to write the disaster assessment document and handle legal and compliance issues. 

Winning teams were determined by the amount of virtual money donated by the virtual public to support their cleanup effort.