The School: President Kennedy School

President Kennedy School (PKS) in Coventry, working with Enabling Enterprise for 3 years now, are always keen to provide their students with an opportunity to learn and experience enterprise education outside of the classroom. Today Head of Business Studies Helen Petrak accompanied a group of Year 8 students who came to stretch their Working in a Team skills in the world of academia and took on another enterprise challenge where Being Creative was paramount. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: Aston University, Birmingham

Aston is a leading UK university specialising in Business, Engineering and the Sciences. The university is situated on a 60-acre campus in the city centre of Birmingham. As well as being home to over 3,000 students, Aston University campus also has the following amenities: sports centres, swimming pool, gym, library, cafés, restaurants, shops, travel centre, hairdresser, health centre, dentist, places of worship, opticians, a bank and plenty of outside space.

The Day: University Challenge

After getting into teams and finding out about Aston University, the PKS students began the day by researching different areas of the campus, courses and societies within the University. A tour of the campus gave them the opportunity to visit a lecture theatre, take a sneak peak at the library and the Students Union, giving them a flavour of university life. The teams then returned to tackle their creative challenge with gusto: to plan a new society for Aston University’s student making sure it was both unique and popular.

The Results:

The PKS teams worked against the clock to design posters advertising their new society. All of the teams worked really hard and demonstrated the ability to organise themselves on the various mini-challenges they faced throughout the day, which proved how fantastic their Leading skills were. It was brilliant to see how some students had a very inclusive attitude in their ideas for a new society, whilst others were Aiming High with the most imaginative combination of ideas from the wide range of interests that our Aston Ambassadors expressed. The day culminated with presentations of the new university societies to our student ambassador judges. The judges then had the difficult task of choosing a winning team, which was made even trickier by all the points they were awarded for the enterprise skills they had showed off throughout the day!

What they said:

  • “The day was a great opportunity for our students to apply and demonstrate their enterprise skills outside of the classroom alongside an opportunity to learn more about university life at first hand from the student ambassadors.” – Helen Petrak, PKS
  • “The students had some really great ideas for our new societies. I was really impressed by the students’ team working and creative skills throughout the day.” – Volunteer, Aston University
  • “It was great to learn about university life and have an opportunity to create a brand new society for students at Aston University.” – Student, PKS

Thanks to Aston University for such a great trip day, and to Year 8 from President Kennedy Community School for coming along.

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