Suitable for: KS3
Student number: up to 120
Workshop length: full day
This challenge day will give students the opportunity to enter the ‘Dragons Den’. Inspired by the popular TV programme, students will need to design a product and present it to a panel of Dragons.
Working in teams of between 4-6, pupils will need to assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and take on their roles to run a successful business. The teams will then brainstorm various product ideas before developing a final product design.
Once selected, teams will produce a series of prototypes, considering the materials used, the needs of the end user and the cost implications of their decisions. They will need to adapt their designs during the day. They need to work together to make the products, develop a advertising plan and design a sales strategy.
The day can be run for up to 120 pupils in a correspondingly large hall. The teams will be guided through the process of selecting a salable product, develop their designs and go on to make their prototypes. They are encouraged to work to a budget and will be given a credit card to use at the challenge shop.
Success will require students to communicate, work well as part of a team, use creative thinking, be aware of financial constraints within business and prove themselves to be true entrepreneurs.
The day will give students the opportunity to use a wide range of Enterprise skills.