Solihull & Birmingham 2016
We returned for a second year to Solihull College Conference Centre on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd March 2016, to run our Your Green Future event for schools across Solihull and Birmingham.
Across the two-day event over 400 students, from 19 local secondary schools, had the chance to work alongside 35 businesses and 10 university students in a series of creative challenges which addressed businesses’ real life sustainability issues.
The Dragon’s Den styled ‘Your Innovative Future’ workshop saw the return of Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors as they pitched to the students their new electric car designs, each vying for the student dragon’s fictional £1m investment. A big hit of the day, the students loved the concept that they were in charge of the purse strings and asked really challenging questions of the businesses before relinquishing their money!
Other workshops encouraged the students to develop their own ideas for the future. Working with companies such as Lush and John Lewis, a winning group from the Your Business Future workshop came up with the concept of a sustainability app, enabling consumers to look at the sustainability rating of a product before they bought it and provide them with more sustainable options.
“An opportunity for students to learn more about sustainability and how it affects the world around us as well as gain advice and information relating to career sectors and FE/HE opportunities which they may not have considered” was how one teacher described the day.
As for one of our businesses mentors “Manic, exhausting and rewarding - while there were a lot of groups to work with, it was really interesting to see how the students made sense of the task (both as individuals and as a group), and I really enjoyed trying to encourage them to use logic, Mathematics and to consider the overall impact of what they were planning. We work with young people too rarely, and reminding ourselves that we want them to do what we do (but better) is as good an incentive as any to participate in the future”.