Last Thursday eleven Year 11 students went to the Macron Stadium in Bolton to compete in the Regional Finals of the LionHeart Challenge. The LionHeart Challenge is a national enterprise challenge that helps students to develop business and other employability skills. Groups have to research and design a product, in addition to calculating the finances for the project. The day culminates with two members of the group presenting the group’s ideas to a packed auditorium.
The brief given to the students was to identify a need within their community and develop a social enterprise project that addressed this need. After having considered the interests of several issues within our local community the Workington Academy team quickly agreed that anti-social behaviour amongst teenagers was the issue that they wanted to focus on. The team chose to develop the idea of a youth centre that would provide a safe place for teenagers to go and socialise and also provide informal education on personal development issues such as sex and relationships education. The team narrowly missed out on being selected for the National Finals of the competition and brought home trophies for the best product research and also for the best product design.
Year 11 team felt that they had really developed their collaboration skills and said in their presentation that they had really valued the chance to worked with people who were not in their usual friendship groups and were extremely proud of how they came together working on this common goal.