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Students tackle the “Make It Enterprising Challenge”

Our students find out about Manufacturing and Industry at the Molineux, Wolverhampton 

Finding out about Manufacturing and Business at the “Make It Challenge”

A group of lucky Year 8’s, Mrs Hunter (Head of DT) and Mrs Turner took part in a full day’s challenge on 7th November at the Wolverhampton Wanderers football ground, the Moulineux Stadium.  The event, organised by the Black Country Skill Factory involved over 10 schools from the Black Country and their teachers taking part in full day’s activity working in teams to develop a “Futurist Transportation Solution” (FTS).  With a complex brief, the teams worked hard to design, test and market their inventions, with each team member given roles such as Logistics Manager, Managing Director, Designer, Finance Manager, Marketing Manager etc.  The teams were monitored throughout the day by a wide variety of specialists from industry giants such as Caterpillar and Huf UK etc. 

  

 After a working lunch the teams pitched to industry judges in a “Dragons Den” style explaining about why their mode of transport was a good investment to make.

Our students worked hard all day and Mrs Hunter and Mrs Turner where very impressed with the quality of their teams work and final presentation.  Mrs Hunter said, “This has been a very high level challenge to set Year 8’s but they have coped with it admirably and at all times have been real ambassadors for PTC.  This was a rare opportunity for us to meet industry experts giving advice and guidance to our students in not just design and construction but also in other aspects of working life i.e. managing a team, costing projects, use of appropriate materials, patents etc.   We will be exploring more ways we can give our students similar opportunities like this in the future”   

For more details about this event go to

http://www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk news section