The School: Reaside Academy and Priory Primary

It was a pleasure to welcome two long-standing partner schools to IBM Warwick. Both schools have been developing their students’ enterprise skills through a range of Challenge Days, Lesson-Time Projects and business trips to top employers. The day was an opportunity for Year 3 and Year 4 students to stretch their imaginations and Problem Solving skills in the world of work.

The Business: IBM

IBM is one of the most famous information technology companies in the world. It now focuses on generating innovative solutions for business problems far more than on producing hardware. Pupils visited IBM offices in Warwick to learn about the different roles of employees and the skills they use in their day-to-day work.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

IBM is the birthplace of many world-changing inventions like the calculator and the bar code. Students from both schools were placed in mixed teams to become technology companies that were required to design and advertise a unique gadget for the employees at IBM. On a tour of the offices the teams carried out useful market research in order to understand what gadgets the employees needed to make their lives easier.

The Results:

Students considered how new inventions could help IBM welcome clients, ensure seamless security procedures throughout the building and improve communication. One team came up with a talking drone with a very friendly human face to welcome new visitors while another with a team of robots each called ‘I’, ‘B’ and ‘M’ who would look after guests in any room in the building while ensuring top security.

What they said:

  • “I have attended your challenge days in the past and have always enjoyed attending them, however, today’s has been the most enjoyable so far. All of our children were engaged throughout the day. The journey home was full of discussion about their experience!” – Teacher, Reaside Academy
  • “Today has been so much fun! It was wonderful to see how they gelled together despite being in teams with students from different schools.” – Volunteer, IBM
  • “The presentation was the hardest part of the day, the best thing was meeting new people and getting to know them.” – Student, Priory Primary School

Thanks to IBM for such a great trip day, and to Years 3 and 4 from Reaside Academy and Priory 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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