The School: John Perryn Primary School

John Perryn Primary, in Ealing, have been developing their enterprise skills for the third year running with Enabling Enterprise. Whilst the school still remembers last year’s ‘Day in Politics’, Year 3 were in the spotlight today, building on their Lesson Time Project “Trash to Treasure”, where they had turned recycled materials into exciting toys. These budding entrepreneurs travelled to GE’s iconic building The Ark to put their Problem Solving skills to the test in the real world of work.

The Business: GE, Hammersmith

GE Capital build appliances, lighting and power systems that help millions of homes, offices, factories, airlines and retail facilities around the world work better. They are well known for their partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where their products were used in every sporting venue across London. Today volunteers Chanaé, Mélanie, Nicolas and Peter were on hand to help our Year 3 students hone in on Using Imagination, which echoed GE’s slogan perfectly: ‘imagination at work’.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Bursting with enthusiasm, students couldn’t wait to get started on their exciting task designing a brand new gadget for the GE employees, which would solve a work-related problem the adults face in their daily lives. Teams dived straight into some crucial market research from the employees to find out which gadgets they currently enjoy using. Also, thanks to a fantastic tour of the premises, including priceless views over London from the crow’s nest and insightful guidance from CEO Richard Laxer, the students were inspired to aim high in their designs.

The Results:

Each team impressed all adults on the day by collaborating successfully with one another, compromising on appearance, size, materials and cost for their inventions. By the end of the day, they had designed six fantastic forward-thinking gadgets, ranging from super smart glasses, to a teleporter, and even a ‘Distractivator’ – a glass elevator that distracts its users from the fear of heights. Sharing Ideas at the highest standard, the teams were able to make quick decisions about the special features for their gadgets.

The day culminated in a thriving Inventors’ Fair where the young entrepreneurs practised selling their high-tech gadget to the GE employees, who had turned into judges. By that point, adults in the room had nothing but praise for their hard work and creativity.

What they said:

  • “Truthfully, I’m really impressed! Every child is taking part, even those who would usually say ‘I don’t get it’, but not today. I’ve noticed a couple of children who are outside their comfort zone but are doing really well. It’s a big surprise, considering when they’re at school they can have challenging behaviour. But not today, as the whole event was very well organised, which made the children feel at ease, and those particular children have been on their best behaviour in their teams.” – Teacher, John Perryn
  • “There were some really good ideas, they were really impressive, especially for their age.” – Volunteer, GE
  • “I liked the tour the best because we got to speak to the boss!” – Student, John Perryn

Thanks to GE for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from John Perryn Primary School for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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