On Wednesday 22nd May, teams from our Wolverhampton and East Birmingham schools attended the second of our two West Midlands regional finals. They came to the University of Wolverhampton to present their Big Ideas in front their peers and a panel of five judges.
11 teams presented on the day, from the following five schools: Moseley Park School, Heath Park School, Perton Middle School, Hodge Hill College, and Hodge Hill Girls’ School. Each team delivered a 5-minute presentation and then answered questions from the judging panel. The judges included representatives from our business partners Tarmac and Brammer Buck & Hickman; as well as guest judges Ash Sharma from SKIPS Educational, and Jacqueline Homan, from Climate-KIC.
All the teams got a tour of the university led by a student ambassador while the judges deliberated, and at the end of the day the results were announced as follows:
Ocean Revivers, Hodge Hill College: This team’s idea seems simple at first: organising beach cleans. But the judges were really impressed by the way they had thought about it in such depth – they are targetting old people (to combat social isolation) and young people (to improve mental health), and those in urban environments (to give them the chance to connect with nature and the coast).
Grow Your Mind, Moseley Park School: Another seemingly simple concept of creating a school food garden, but, again, the judges were so impressed with a) the thought behind it and b) how far they had already progressed with their idea. The pumpkins are already planted with plans to use them for Halloween art projects!
Fast ‘n’ Fashion, Heath Park School : This team caught the judges’ attention for a number of reasons. They had decided to tackle a less commonly-tackled issue – that of the waste generated in the fashion industry. Their Big Idea is a campaign and service where they raise awareness of and provide workshops for the concept of upcycling your clothes. They are really bringing back the ‘Make Do and Mend’ message of World War 2, and reintroducing it to their (and future) generations.
Fast ‘n’ Fashion are now through to the National Final at the Palace of Westminster on June 26th.
We wish team Fast ‘n’ Fashion the best of luck as they prepare for the National Final. We also want to congratulate ALL the students who presented on Wednesday – the standard of ideas and presentations was incredibly high, and it was a wonderful way to end our Regional Final season!
Written by: Sarah Milburn, S4TP Programme Coordinator, West Midlands
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