Monday, March 26, 2012

News: Rotherham student inventors impress local entrepreneurs


Students from Wingfield Business & Enterprise College in Rotherham have been working with local entrepreneurs to design the inventions of the future.

With the support of Rotherham Ready, pupils from Year 7 have been exploring the idea of inventions and have considered past and current problems we could solve using enterprising and entrepreneurial skills.

Highlights include an alarm clock with a bacon scent, no more bad hair days with a hair sculpting helmet, environmentally friendly hovering car and a home suitable for disabled people to live independently.

As students considered their own future careers, they worked with local entrepreneurs and business people to find out more about starting your own business in Rotherham.

Entrepreneurs included Geoff Hunt from Swisher Blue cleaning, Jacqui Saxon from The Ultimate Balloon Company, Lucy Lipollis of Sparkles children’s parties, Lee Bestall from Inspired Garden Designs Ltd, Early Bird Deals, Flamingo Photography and Danny West from Pizzatainment party company.

The help and advice from these businesses was invaluable for Wingfield students who now have exciting ideas for the next step in their career. Some pupils were so impressive in their work that the businesses have promised to look out for them as future employees.

Last week, local entrepreneurs returned to be the guest judges in our Dragons Den Competition which was a culmination of all the pupils' learning.

Each class presented their invention for the future including details about advertising strategies, customer profiles, budgets and finance outlines.

The wining pitch was from Mr Jones's class with a "cigarextinguisher" invention. The product which most impressed our judges is a smoke detector to help enforce the smoking ban in public places. Its creator was Matthew Watson and for the prize winning presentation he was joined by Mahia Ul Haque.

Runners up with an excellent idea were Miss Barnes' Class, who provided a convincing solution to overcrowding and pollution in modern in cities by creating a "Floatopolis" - the city of the future in the sky!

Rotherham Ready website



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