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Operation Hatch It Proves a Challenge for Students

A fleet of students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently descended on a Preston park to take part in team building exercises.

The activity was part of Operation Hatch It, which aims to challenge the students in ways which will be beneficial to their chosen career paths. It was born out of the University’s long relationship with leadership development firm Dove Nest.

Architecture and construction students visited local beauty spot, Avenham Park, and were tested both mentally and physically. Their task was to safely carry an egg through an obstacle course, using only equipment they had purchased at a materials auction earlier in the day.

The rules dictated that students were only allowed to step in designated areas of the course and were not allowed to touch any part of the equipment in any way. Failure to adhere to these rules would lead to isolation and students being unable to contact their team for an allotted period of time.

An array of creative ideas were used as students tried to navigate their way through the course. After a lot of tumbles and time outs, the teams successfully worked together to find a solution.

Reflecting on the event, construction project management course leader, John Yamnikar said: “This is an important aspect of the course for our students. It is fundamental that construction professionals are team players. This is why we start the second year with this day of activities.

“We are aiming to develop the students’ competencies in construction, management, leadership and team-working. This will enable them to become competent professionals in the construction sector.”

To view pictures from the event check out our Flickr gallery.