The young winners of Broadclyst Community Primary School’s nine-month Global Enterprise Challenge 2016/17 have been announced. Selected by three high-profile judges, they were amongst 600 teams comprising 3000 children from 15 different countries and two age categories, competing to take their business ideas from the Dragon’s Den to a fully-fledged trading company.
The winning team in the 9-11 category was Steeviz, from Weizman School in Israel. The five youngsters developed, manufactured and sold 3D-printed keyrings. One of the judges, Mark Sparvell from Microsoft, commented: “I was impressed with the persistence here and the learning. They discovered that the 3D printing at a local high school was too slow and expensive and managed to find a solution in plastics. The product looks super professional.”
In the 12-15 category, the winners were Green Gallery, a team from Kamla Nehru Public School in India. The eight students used new and recycled cloth to develop, manufacture and sell a range of bags, small kits and hand fans with environmentally-friendly messages. The three judges, Mark Sparvell, education journalist Merlin John and Ranjit Singh, CEO at Geneeworld, said: “These children have a confident, enterprising attitude, justifying the value of their products, connecting to sustainable development goals and outsourcing well.”
Broadclyst School’s headteacher, Jonathan Bishop, is delighted with this year’s results: “Over the past three years, our Global Enterprise Challenge has gone from strength to strength. The tools offered by Microsoft Office 365 have powered this purposeful collaboration and creativity amongst children worldwide, and it has been inspiring to see how the children’s love of learning, and their dedicated teachers, have helped them to overcome challenges, develop a real understanding of the business world and prepare them for the future they will grow up in.”
Schools all over the world are already signing up for the 2017/18 Challenge, organised and run by Broadclyst School, at http://globalenterprisechallenge.education/index.php/sign-up