Reflection from the team on the year so far…

As the weather has gotten slightly colder, the students on the Big Ideas programme have definitely been warming up.  Half way through Big Ideas Day season we wanted to give you a little update as to what we’ve been up to.

South East update – Charlotte Hosier

It has been all go in the South East with 50 mentors having attended training across our business partner’s sites (Tarmac, IGEM, SGN, Mears and Suez) from Maidenhead, to Dartford, to Portsmouth.
We have had one Big ideas Day so far take place at Plashet school in Newham with 300 students. The day was introduced by both regional finalists and finalists “Rent-a-Bike” from last year. With 8 more days to be delivered in January and February across the region, it is going to be a busy start to 2019!
I’m looking forward to seeing the mentors put their training into practice and working with existing and new schools.
Wishing everyone a restful break and a happy 2019.

North of England update – Claire Fitton

So far, we have held two Big Ideas Days and recruited two new school. The programme began with a great day at Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster where 130 students, Year 7,8 and 9 supported by 5 mentors from Tarmac came up with ideas as diverse as a campaign against backyard breeding to an invention to clean up plastic waste. The first follow up development session saw 9 groups come forward to continue with their ideas.
Bishop Young academy was the next school to take part with 79 Y9 students showing their enthusiasm and creativity designing products to harness the power of musical instruments and hydrofoils for the sides of cars. The year will end with a Big Ideas Day at The Halifax Academy a new and enthusiastic school.
January will see a flurry of new and existing schools embark on their Big Ideas Programme. Looking for unique solutions for the planet.

Scotland update – Kate Kirkland

We’ve had a busy December with two Big Ideas Days at Biggar and Trinity High Schools and fantastic support from mentors at our three Scottish partners Tarmac, IGEM and SGN. One of our mentors at Trinity High School even attended the school as a student, a few years ago!
In January we will hit the ground running with development sessions and our final Big Ideas Day at Larbert High School. Happy Hogmanay!

West Midlands update – Sarah Milburn

The West Midlands has already held eight Big Ideas Days and development sessions have started at most of those schools. It has been fantastic working with some of the schools from last year as well as welcoming on some new schools to the programme. I went to a presentation to the Environment Agency West Midlands Managers with the winning team from 2018, Sea Savers from Hodge Hill which was a brilliant opportunity to showcase the programme but also the fantastic work that the team is continuing to do.
We have also been pleased to welcome back to several of the Big Ideas Days former participants to talk about their experiences including last years youth judge and 2017 finalist Rishi at Heath Park School.
It has been a very full half term and I am looking forward to getting stuck into development sessions in January as well as our final three Big Ideas Days.