EBSI Primary and Secondary School Enterprise Challenges At Brunel University

EBSI had a great day working on the Brunel University Campus delivering two great events on behalf of Brunel University, who invite students from local schools every year to participate in these events.  The aim of the event is to widen participation and encourage students from low social-economic backgrounds to inspire to attend university.   The students not only spent the day planning and designing their product, they also got to go along to the University’s canteen to purchase their lunch with a voucher which was supplied and sat alongside the universities students to then enjoy their first university luncheon experience. 

On Friday 30th November 2018, Les Prior EBSI Project Officer worked alongside Gloria Cheng to deliver the Year 6 “If the Shoe fits Challenge”, which saw over 30 primary students from 6 schools attend the event.  The primary students were helped by Kyle and Chloe, two Student Ambassadors from Brunel.

On Tuesday 11th December 2018, Les was back in action working alongside Brunel’s Ambassadors as 40 Year 7 secondary school students from 4 schools took part in the Mini Van Challenge, and were joined by Brunel Ambassadors Naomi, Ali and Medina who provided a helping hand on the day.      

Both events are focused on giving primary students the opportunity to compete, but more importantly to learn about team work, finance in business, marketing products and how to be an Entrepreneur.

Feedback from the events

Gloria Cheng – Widening Access Officer from Brunel University stated “The events have been a great success and students really enjoyed themselves throughout the day. It was really lovely to see how engaged students were and how well they have worked together. They kept their cool and worked effortlessly, even when our ambassadors acting as buyers were being extra critical!”.

“Well organised, students seemed like they enjoyed themselves and I hope they have learnt something, thank you”.

“Thank you, a fantastic event for pupils to learn and have fun in a really safe environment”.

Brunel Ambassadors negotiating with students in the marketplace.
Brunel Ambassadors listening to student pitches in the marketplace.
Students designing their products and working on their pitches.

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