1st Place - Inclusive Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia
Did you know that there has been a 555% increase in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from 2001 – 2016? And yet, there has been a 24% decrease in Special Education Assistants in BC.
Tackling the challenge of Inclusive Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia, Gurkamel Gill, Alexandra Lemon, Samantha Wong, and Joanna Xia, 4 students in the Faculty of Science, presented a strong understanding of this issue, identified gaps that exist in meeting the needs of students with ASD, and opportunities through which positive change can be made.
This team will represent UBC at the Canadian Final competition at SFU in May, and won a $500 prize!
2nd Place - Post-Consumer Textile Waste Management in Metro Vancouver
In spite of being recognized as one of the greenest cities in the world, the Metro Vancouver region contributes over 20,000 tons to the 9.5 million tons of clothing waste dumped in landfills in North America every year.
Tackling the challenge of “Post-Consumer Textile Waste Management in Metro Vancouver”, Morsal Niyaz and Mychelle Wong, 2 students in the Faculty of Science, explored the lack of centralized textile waste recycling opportunities in this region, and identified opportunities for change with a variety of stakeholders including waste management companies, clothing donation bins, and thrift stores.
This team placed second and won a $250 prize!
3rd Place - Impacts of Climate Change on Smallholder Rice Production in Southeast Asia
Did you know that global rice yields are expected to decrease by 50% by 2100 due to climate change?
Francis Durnin-Vermette, Skylar Kylstra, and Emily Peer-Groves, a team of 3 students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems examined the effects of climate change on rice production, focusing on smallholder rice farmers in Southeast Asia. These students identified the various socio-economic and environmental impacts due to this decrease, identified opportunities to make positive change, and explored ways to mitigate the various negative impacts of this issue.
This team placed third and won a $250 prize!