Throughout the day school students will have the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the Career Pathways Exhibition, and take part in a range of interactive workshops. These workshops are professionally developed and facilitated, and are supported by a wide range of business professionals. Workshops include:
Your Business Future
Roll up, Roll up for the Future Food and Fashion awards! Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a fashion or food item of today into a product fit for 2025. Working with successful entrepreneurs the teams will future proof their product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity, increased regulations and anything else the changing climate may throw at them. They will enter the product into the Future Food and Fashion Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of how putting sustainability at the core of business can enable it to thrive long-term by driving down costs, opening up new markets through innovation, and enhancing reputations and brand value.
Your Green City
Calling all city shapers! This workshop involves students working in interdisciplinary teams and thinking like architects, planners, and landscapers. The challenge will be to creatively respond to a design brief and create a master plan for a sustainable city neighbourhood of the future.
Student design teams, supported by university students, will have to think about the challenges of future ‘megacities’ including: space for growing food; housing density; waste and energy reduction, and transport networks. They will go onto present their ideas to professionals and their peers for design review and friendly critique.
Students will gain an understanding of sustainable placemaking, the importance of the built environment in tackling climates change, and the interconnectedness of cities and how they are planned.
This workshop will be delivered by the Architecture Centre’s Learning Manager.
Your Innovative Future
In this Dragons’ Den-style workshop businesses will pitch contrasting innovations for which they are seeking funding. The ideas revolve around an innovation that contributes towards the principles of sustainable development, e.g. minimising use of raw materials and maximising access for all too essential resources.
Teams of students go onto discuss and decide which innovation they would like to fund and how - up to £1,000,000 worth of funding, per team, can be secured through 'a bank', the 'UK government' or a 'charitable trust.' University students will take on these roles.
Overall, students will gain a greater understanding that some of the biggest challenges we face, including climate change, the search for sustainable energy, deteriorating infrastructure and the stresses of rapid population growth demands science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The workshop is delivered by the regional STEMnet contract holders, Graphic Science.
Your Energy Future
Through this workshop, students will work in teams to develop a sustainable energy plan for Snowdonia National Park. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy and will consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures. They will be challenged to consider the relative cost, environmental and social impact of each. Students will also be provided with opportunities to consider the types of job roles that may be relevant when it comes to implementing their chosen solutions.
As a result of working through these challenges students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors - environmental, social and financial - and that a range of solutions will be required as no single solution can work to solve all of the issues involved.
This workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency's education team.
Your Resourceful Future
During this workshop young people are in teams representing six major sectors of work and have three challenges to meet their organisation's realistic waste reduction target.
Firstly they act as Research and Development teams in order to develop creative ideas that they believe can have the biggest impact on waste reduction in their organisation. Next they must take on the role of Human Resources and organise everyone who is needed to deliver the plan. Finally, each team will work as Communications teams and create a strong message to present their ideas to internal or external audiences.
As a result of working through these challenges students will: gain an understanding of the need to reduce waste across major job sectors; experience how different job roles can help to make positive changes and; find creative ways to communicate ideas to convince others.
This workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network.