On Tuesday 4th December 2018, students from The Coleshill School took part in a workshop with Solutions for the Planet, a social enterprise, working with businesses, schools and communities to promote education for sustainable development, social enterprise, and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers for young people.
Working in teams of 6, the students were encouraged to identify some of the biggest problems with the planet at the moment, particularly with regards to sustainability and the environment. Supported by business mentors from both Tarmac and Brammer, Buck and Hickman, these groups were then motivated to create their own solutions – or ‘Big Ideas’ – for these problems.
Firstly, students had to develop their communication and teamwork skills to identify the consequences of some of the most important environmental concerns, including energy, waste, water and biodiversity. They then had to decide how humans contributed to this problem through problem solving activities. Finally, with the support of these dedicated industry mentors, students were tasked with creating their own unique and innovative solutions and inventions and present their ideas to the whole room.
Abbie Barnett, Tarmac said “I feel privileged to have worked with such a fantastic group of students exploring their ideas and developing their understanding of sustainability. It’s been amazing!”
Jeremy Newman, Brammer Buck and Hickman commented “It was great to see all the amazing ideas the students thought of, their engaged attitude and interest in engineering was very impressive”.
Miss Duffield, Teacher of Science commented “Today has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to get involved with solving real problems that they feel passionately about. They have worked with mentors from local industries and showcased how innovative and creative they can be, and they have not disappointed. I am so proud of our students in Years 7, 8 and 9 at how well they embraced the teambuilding.”