The School: Manchester Academy

In the midst of the summer holidays you would be forgiven for thinking that learning and school would be the last thing on a new Year 8’s mind, but at Manchester Academy the passion for learning and developing is very much still alive. Throughout the week, over 80 Year 7 into 8 students have attended a free summer school programme of which Enabling Enterprise were proud to be a part of.

The Challenge: Operation Moonbase

Tasked by the UN to find a way to help solve the problem of a booming population, students worked in teams to establish a new society on a distant moon. They explored their Leading skills by becoming managers, selecting a crew to support them on their mission as well as their Imagination skills by coming up with a brand new species of animal before taking on the role of architects and builders to make their ideal moonbase come to life.

The Results:

Applying their Problem Solving and Working in a Team skills at the highest standard, they created their dream cities within tight budgets and even tighter deadlines. The day culminated in a test of the students skills as they pitched their new society to representatives from the UN. Teams promoted and celebrated their new societies, showing style and substance in their presentations (including a couple of songs and raps!). In what was a very tight timescale, the students rose to the occasion and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

What they said:

  • “The way the students have been able to work with people who don’t usually work with and succeeding in the impressive thing for me. It’s been a real opportunity for them to be more creative.” – Teacher, Head of Year 8
  • “The reason my team should win is that we’ve worked really well as a team, we used our imagination and did a rap!” – Student, Year 8

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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