As one teacher remarked, "there was a real buzz in the hall and it was good to see the students working with others they haven’t worked with before. The game gave them an overview of a real company, and real life – on work experience they only see the area they are working on and may not understand how their part fits into the whole-a truly valuable life experience."
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Last Wednesday saw a faithful band of SATRO volunteers head to The Park SEN School in Woking to help support and guide 34 Years 10 & 11 students through the vagaries of the SATRO Business Game. The students were placed into six teams which later became stationery companies and each team had their own SATRO Business Advisor. Teachers were on hand to play the various roles inherent in business with ‘the buying team’ negotiating hard with the students, many of whom refused to compromise. Bank accounts were opened and money managed whilst ‘the bosses’ kept everyone on track.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
A staggering total number of 1067 pupils/students were involved just in this one week!
Science days were held at Liphook Infant & Junior School, St Hugh of Lincoln Primary School in Woking and Beacon Hill Primary School in Hindhead; all three days offered a range of activites for Years 1-6 covering topics such as Lighthouses, Egyptians, Forces and Electric Circuits.
SATRO events offer young people the opportunity to learn new skills in a dynamic way and many comment that they feel inspired by the experience. We certainly leave behind a buzz of "positiveness" at the end of a workshop and we hope that the students retain this sense of achievement as they now enjoy a well-earned half term break.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
The basic premise of the game is that the children are stationery companies for the day, manufacturing bookmarks, which they have to then sell to a discerning panel of buyers. They have to choose roles, decide on a company name and logo, manage their finances and negotiate orders for their companies whilst trying to learn to work with new people and meet various deadlines. Each team has a business person acting as a facilitator to guide, support and encourage them throughout the day.
Judging from the pupil's feedback, they had a superb day which definitely opened their eyes to the world of business. Here are a couple of comments about what they learned...
"How to discuss money professionally and why the accountant is so important in the business. I know you have to be dedicated and be mature in what you are doing and that business work is complicated."
"How the people on The Apprentice feel, when they are in business. I want to be boss at my work."Look out Lord Sugar!
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Science was brought to life in an imaginative and novel way on Monday 20th May when 360 pupils at Liphook Infant and Junior schools had the opportunity to experience different science activities.
Working with Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, an experienced team of SATRO volunteers delivered workshops on gravity, sound, friction and the property of materials. The children were able to do practical investigations before making parachutes, musical instruments, land yachts or protective packaging boxes.
The teachers were impressed that children of all level of abilities were engaged in the tasks and one commented that there was “a tremendous buzz around the school”.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
Last Friday, 17th May marked the end of over three months’ work for six Key Stage 4 teams. Since early February they have been working with their mentors from Siemens to identify and develop a product which could be the ‘Next Big Thing’ in one of Siemens main business areas.
|Reading Girls School, winners of The Siemens 'Next Big Thing' Challenge|
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Hundreds of enthusiastic teams across the UK registered for the competition. Pupils from about thirty schools have now been shortlisted for the finals and will battle it out for prizes at a special award ceremony at The Royal Society attended by top science and technology celebrities in London on 24th June.
Two Surrey schools have been selected to go through to the finals with three projects:
- Environment & Sustainability- Sponsor Cummins Power - Howard of Effingham School, Effingham, Surrey. KT24 5JR - “ipod Charging Kettle”
- Communication – Sponsor HP - Howard of Effingham School, Effingham, Surrey. KT24 5JR – “password storing device”
- Communication – Sponsor HP - Tomlinscote School, Frimley, Surrey. GU16 8PY – “i-halo”
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
We are all gearing up for our Annual Festival of Science and Engineering which is to be held at the Brooklands Museum on Wednesday 26 June this year. Nearly 20 secondary schools in and around Surrey have signed up to exhibit their Science, Design and Technology projects and compete for a handful of cash prizes. We also have over 30 companies lined up to provide hands-on exhibits and give careers advice to the hundreds of students who will be passing through the Festival during the day.
If you have students in your school with some outstanding scientific, design or engineering projects to display, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP – we still have a few places for exhibiting secondary schools and visiting students who will be timetabled to visit all areas of the Festival throughout the day. E-mail Julia@satro.org.uk for more details.