The School: Ash Green School

In their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, Ash Green School are developing the enterprise skills of their students with enterprise challenge days for each year group. This challenge was completed by Year 8 – their first experience of Enabling Enterprise. Other year groups have participated in enterprise challenges at exciting businesses, such as IBM Warwick and Hogarth’s Hotel this year. The school is located in Ash Green, Coventry.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

The Year 8 students were challenged to design a society for a distant moon called Utopia, which has the right conditions to allow humans to survive there, and is thus a solution to the overcrowding of Planet Earth. Working in small teams, firstly as recruitment managers, they selected people to join their crew based on skills. They then designed a new species of animal to assist the human population considering the functions the animal may have – and came up with some super creations. Next, as architects and builders they focussed on the first city to be built on the new Moonbase. Finally, at the end of a very busy day, each team presented their team ideas – aiming to persuade their audience that their Moonbase was the very best.

The Results:

The students’ problem solving skills were really put to the test, as issues such as budget restrictions for the urban plan, limited resources for the construction of the cities and conflict between team members arose throughout the day. These problems did not defeat them, brilliant problem solving was displayed. The students were admirable in their staying positive in the face of challenges and continuing to aim high to do their best.

What they said:

  • “Another super day – it’s great to challenge the students in this way. I am impressed with how certain individuals raised their game. The presentations were super detailed! ” – Teacher, Ash Green School
  • “We have used different skills to get through this challenge – it’s been good. I enjoyed this!” – Year 8 Student, Ash Green School

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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

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