The School: Tyssen

Tyssen Community School in Hackney is a 2-form entry who have been working with Enabling Enterprise for 3 years. As part of their enterprise education programme they have taken part in several employer visits to businesses across London, but also several Challenge Days in the past. Last year their creativity and teamwork skills were put to the test as a whole school in the Greetings Card challenge. They also stretched their Problem Solving on a mysterious ‘Crime Scene’. Today was the opportunity for them to show off their enterprise skills once more in school, this time in a forward-thinking challenge.

The Challenge: Future Transport

Throughout the day, from early morning assemblies, until the afternoon bell, teams in each year group demonstrated great collaborative and communication skills as they had to research, design, build and test a new form of transport for the future. Students considered different vehicles and a variety of challenging environments, before sharing ideas to design and build their own imaginative vehicle. The creative prototypes, made from recycled materials were certainly eye-catching!

The Results:

It was great to see how the children grew in their ability to work together as a team and solve their own problems as they arose throughout the day. The Tyssen students excelled at Sharing Ideas in the design stage and there was a real sense of sharing of responsibility when time was getting tight towards the end of the day.

What they said:

  • “It’s been great to have the time and freedom to be able to work on a creative collaborative task with the children working independently in their teams.” – Teacher, Year 2
  • “My favourite part of the day was designing and building our prototype because we got to use our imagination and research skills.” – Student, Year 4

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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