The Schools: Wendell Park and Malmesbury Primaries

Students at Wendell Park Primary in Hammersmith and Fulham are improving their enterprise skills this year with a mix of Lesson-Time Projects, such as making toys from recycled materials, and trips to businesses giving lots of opportunities to practise and refine the skills. Year 5 at Malmesbury Primary School are also developing their enterprise skills: they have made radio shows in their first Lesson-Time Project and solved a crime in their whole-school Challenge Day.

The Business: GE, London

GE build appliances, lighting, power systems and other products 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 in London and across the UK to help build a sustainable Olympic Games.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students were set the exciting task of designing a brand new gadget for the GE employees to make their lives easier. They first spent time interviewing GE volunteers for some vital market research to find out what problems they faced in their work and everyday lives, and how a gadget might be able to help. Then doing further research by touring the GE offices and meeting other employees. The students worked together to come up with the right questions, and listened carefully to what the volunteers had to say before getting stuck into their designs.

The Results:

Each team impressed across the day by collaborating successfully, using their imagination and designing fantastically varied gadgets. Through Sharing ideas with each other, the teams were able to make quick decisions about the special features for their gadgets. Once they had settled on catchy names from their inventions, the young entrepreneurs practised selling their high-tech gadget to the GE employees during an exciting Inventors’ Fair.

What they said:

  • “The presentations were really confident, the ideas were really, really impressive.” – Volunteer, GE
  • “We created an amazing gadget using Aiming High and Problem Solving skills.” – Student, Wendell Park

Thanks to GE for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Wendell Park Primary and Year 5 from Malmesbury Primary 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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