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The Significance of 100

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A hundred (100) is the square of 10, the basis of the decimal system. It is also the completeness of percentages, which is why it grates so much whenever a sportsman talks about giving 110 per cent. You can’t; a hundred per cent is all one can have and therefore all one can give.

100 is also the sum of the first nine prime numbers, which is intriguing but probably not very useful.

Celsius has 100 degrees as the boiling point of water. This measurement scale was originally known as the centigrade scale. From that we can deduce that a century is a hundred, derived from the Latin centuria. Its initial, C, is the Latin number for 100, and a Centurion in the Roman army had, you guessed it, a unit of a hundred men reporting to him.

Curiously enough, a hundred isn’t always 100. In medieval times there were short hundreds – five score – and long ones that were six score, or a hundred and twenty.

And a googol, the inspiration for the name of the search engine, is 10100, 1 with a hundred zeros.

In any event reaching a hundred up, or even better a hundred to go, is always a good excuse for a celebration. And that’s what we did. We had a ourselves a party.

Putting on a party requires planning. Proper planning, along with precise preparation, that will presumably, prevent poor performance. Probably.

That’s a lot of P’s, and if the Business students at Keyano had been judged solely on the 100 Days Out Celebration that they helped to plan, there would have been one more to add: PASS.

Kim Rizzi, the Games Organizer, was delighted. “The 100 Days Out Celebration was unparalleled thanks to the outstanding group of Keyano College students who put it together.”

It was a huge success. There were by some estimates more than 1500 people who came out to the party, taking part in games representing the events of the 2015 Summer Games. While it was aimed at children, who were able to mark off all their games on a special score sheet, plenty of adults were eager to take part as well. The games were free, as was the party itself as well as the barbecue. Not a bad deal in this day and age.

Keyano College has been an active partner in the RMWB’s games planning right from the start, with representation on the various planning and action committees as well as logistical support through our facilities and parking availability. We are also the venue for the volleyball and basketball events, and many staff and students are volunteering.

But the 100 days event was a little bit different.

The College is always looking for new ways to participate within the community. This event, in addition to being a showcase of our student abilities, also became part of their syllabus for the year. It’s called ‘situated learning’ and it recognizes that taking part in a project is a valuable way of learning through doing, and much of the theory of the classroom is made more easy to understand as they apply it in real life. The 100 Days Out Celebration, in addition to being fun and valuable to the community, helped to teach things like time management, teamwork, leadership, project management, budgeting, record keeping, negotiating, decision making, accountability, and communication. So in a way, the community became part of the teaching process. The sumo suit and the pitching cage became, for one day, training tools for tomorrow’s business leaders. It was, one could say, an exemplary example of experiential educational engagement, (translation; ‘How cool was that?!’).

The activities were planned and designed specifically to involve the community and to generate excitement three months before the main event. Along with the other happenings on the day, which included a ‘can’struction fundraiser and the unveiling of the official games anthem, the 100 Days Out Celebration also allowed the Games Organizers to measure the enthusiasm of the region. The verdict?  Back to Kim Rizzi:

“Collaborating with Keyano as a Community Partner has proved incredible. The support, involvement and enthusiasm, in not only the 100 Days Out Celebration but every avenue of 2015 Wood Buffalo, is unprecedented. A huge thank you to the faculty and students for being Game On!” 


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