As part of our Enterprise Day programme today our students tackled issues that national politicians seem to be struggling to answer questions on at the moment! And can came up with some great ideas.
Under the theme of The Future Is Now groups of Year 9 students researched and came up with proposals on how to make BACA even more environmentally sustainable. The best proposals were then presented by their groups to a panel of judges including Mr Speight, with students running through their ideas, the costs of their prosposals and potential financial savings resulting from them.
Among the ideas presented were siting 20 solar panels on the roof; reducing papers usage across BACA through increasing the use of Chromebooks; and using the gym exercise bikes and treadmills to generate electricity.
Mr Speight praised all the groups presenting and committed to the students in particular to look at the ideas presented on solar panels.
For our Year 8s it was health that was on the agenda.
Every November students from across the Aldridge Academies take part in the global movement, Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
This year, as part of this, the Aldridge Foundation has launched a challenge for our students to explore new ways to live healthily in school and in the local community. Year 8s got together to identify the challenges and issues around healthy living and design a product, service or campaign to address these. Mental health issues were a stronjg focus of students' ideas, with a wider variety of creative and technology-based solutions presented.
The top three BACA teams' entries will go forward to a national competition to be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs, with the winners announced next month.