The School: Claremont Primary School

Now in their third year with Enabling Enterprise, Claremont Primary are well used to using their challenge skills in and out of school. The students from across Key Stage 2 were ready to show their knowledge of the challenge skills. Excited to learn and discover, the children filed into the grand surroundings of the Jefferson Suite; a very different setting to their usual school classroom. Despite the new surroundings the children began the day with confidence which only increased throughout this fast paced enterprise challenge!

The Business: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As the leading provider for healthcare services in Manchester, the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust treats more than a million patients every year. The venue today: The Postgraduate Centre on the central Manchester site which houses 4 out of 8 of its Trusts Hospitals and Services. The volunteers, ambassadors for the hospitals, were ready to guide and support the students as well as explaining a little about their own work and even treating the children to a tour of four of the Hospitals on site, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students were set the challenge of designing unique, forward-thinking gadgets to make the lives of volunteers and staff easier. They started out by conducting some crucial market research through some poignant and revealing questions to staff. Teams were looking out and Listening Carefully to identify any challenges faced by the hospital’s community. 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 Claremont Primary students unleashed their imagination and stretched their teamwork to the highest standard. All teams worked against the clock and made sure they agreed on the features for their invention. They designed an informative blueprint of their gadgets, which ranged from tube delivered food, ordered with a simple thought, to state-of-the-art people carriers to ensure patients and staff could navigate the huge hospital site no matter their mobility. In a buzzing Inventors Trade Fair, all students were able to deliver the most confident presentations in front of the judges. The volunteers 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:

  • “Some wonderful ideas from the kids and the volunteers were great.” – Teacher, Claremont Primary
  • “What an inspirational day. Loads of the children are now desperate to come here” – Volunteer, Central Manchester University Hospitals
  • “I was really proud of our problem solving because all of our team worked together to come up with ideas.” – Year 4 Student, Claremont Primary

Thanks to Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust for such a great trip day, and to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Claremont Primary School for coming along.

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