On Wednesday 7th February 2018, Ms Ryder accompanied eight year 9 pupils to BAE Systems in Samlesbury, where they took part in an ‘Enterprise Challenge’ day. There were 16 schools from across Blackburn, Blackpool and Preston. The day was styled as a ‘Dragon’s Den’ day, where managers at BAE Systems were the ‘Dragons’. The day consisted of lots of challenges including managing finances, sales and marketing, building prototypes, considering logistics, quality control and a pitch at the end of the day to the whole room, as well as the dragons.
Our school team worked excellently together, they all had defined roles to play within the team and came up with a very entrepreneurial idea to provide humanitarian aid to casualties of natural disasters: an unmanned rescue and emergency vehicle. Their team name was 'Hover Aid' and as part of the day, they had to design their own logo!
Their pitch was that fantastic, that at the end it received gasps from the crowd and almost tears in the eyes! Ms Ryder was quietly confident that they would do well as she said the team’s pitch was outstanding… but it was all very tense.
The team were announced as 2nd out of the 16 teams and therefore we go through to the Northern Finals at Old Trafford football ground in July. The dragons commented upon their flawless pitch approach with attention to detail and a fantastic end product.
The team are very excited about the next round and are looking forward to new challenges!