Just before Easter, students from 5 schools in the Hertfordshire area came together at St Clement Danes School for a day of community-focused collaboration and problem-solving. Students tackled challenges ranging from encouraging more girls into STEM subjects and careers, to elderly isolation. After a public speaking workshop, participants then pitched their ideas to a Dragon's Den-style panel, who awarded development cash prizes to those that had the most potential.
The overall winners were students from Rickmansworth School with their elegant plan for "Memory Mornings" - coffee mornings hosted at the school for the local elderly population to share memories and interact with the younger generation and each other.
Here are some pictures from the day...
What the attendees thought...
- The day was "amazing" and "a rollercoaster";
- Students left feeling "proud", "buzzing", and "more confident";
- 100% of teachers enjoyed the event and agreed or strongly agreed that students had developed practical skills;
- Students reported a 79%increase in their self-efficacy and a 68% increase in their confidence communicating with new people.