The School: Stamford Hill Primary

Stamford Hill are a long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise and have developed a set of eight core enterprise skills through a series of Lesson-Time Projects run in class and whole-school Challenge Days like ‘Creative Spaces’ last term, where they already set the bar high in Using Imagination. Those students have taken part in numerous visits to top employers across London to put their enterprise skills to the test in the real world of work. Today was the chance for a whole group of Year 4 students to show off once more how good they are at all of the skills, this time honing in on Problem Solving. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: UBS, London

UBS is a global bank, providing services in over 50 countries. Specialising in Wealth Management and Global Asset Management they provide services for high net worth individuals, private, corporate, and institutional clients all over the world. Worldwide, UBS employs 60,099 people who speak more than 130 languages and are citizens of 135 countries. Children had ever such a lot to look forward to in these brand new smart premises, fit to inspire them on their creative challenge.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students were set the challenge of designing unique, forward-thinking gadgets to make the lives of UBS staff easier. They started out by conducting some crucial market research on an extremely informative tour of the premises. Students were looking out and Listening Carefully to identify any challenges that the staff at UBS face. With problems identified, teams wasted no time in developing technological solutions with multiple functions to solve the problems they had researched.

The Results:

Working within very tight deadlines, the Stamford Hill students unleashed their creativity and stretched their teamwork to the highest standard. All teams worked against the clock and made sure they agreed on special features for their invention. They designed an informative poster about their gadget, which ranged from eco-friendly assistant robots during lunch break, to state-of-the-art lifts that could take you straight from your house to your desk, to multifunction next-generation translators. In a buzzing Inventors’ Trade Fair, all students were able to deliver the most confident presentations in front of the UBS judges. The adults were spoilt for choice when it came to praising all the teams for their limitless creativity, their brilliant teamwork and their useful inventions!

What they said:

  • “I think the children have gained in teamwork skills after today’s experience. It was also good to see their creativity develop as well as their knowledge of the wider community.” – Teacher, Stamford Hill
  • “I liked the children’s creativity very much and the fact that it was all relevant to UBS.” – Volunteer, UBS
  • “You have amazed us with your enthusiasm and have delivered a fantastic presentation!” – Volunteer, UBS
  • ” Today I’m proudest of being able to stay positive even when we were running out of time to make our gadget.” – Student, Stamford Hill

Thanks to UBS for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Stamford Hill 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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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