Our mentors support creative Worthing pupils with Big Ideas to help the planet
31 January 2019
SGN mentor Paulius Vitkunas (far right) supports Bohunt School's Big Ideas Day
Our mentors spent a productive day with pupils at the Bohunt School in Worthing, helping them solve some of the biggest challenges affecting our planet.
The Big Ideas Day held on Friday 25 January was one of several taking place across the UK as part of the Solutions for the Planet (S4TP) Big Ideas programme. The programme is focused on businesses working with local schools to generate solutions to key environmental, economic and social issues faced in the community and beyond. It also encourages young people to explore opportunities and careers within science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Supported by a team of our mentors, as well as mentors from other programme partner companies SUEZ and Tarmac, around 180 Year 8 students brainstormed ideas to solve their chosen issues. Working in small groups, they collaborated to develop and refine these ideas throughout the day.
Paulius Vitkunas from our Design & Quote team helped mentor the students on the day and said: “S4TP has an amazing vision and the Big Ideas Days significantly contribute to raising awareness about critical issues affecting our planet.
“It was great to build a rapport with the pupils and some of the ideas they constructed were really innovative and creative. It was interesting to watch their spontaneous ideas develop over the course of the session and how groups plan to implement solutions to reduce plastic in the oceans or protect endangered wildlife in rainforests, for example.”
Jen Baughan, CEO of S4TP, said: “The confidence that young people develop and the belief they have in their ideas is fantastic. It’s largely down to their commitment, but also that of their teachers and mentors, from our partner organisations.
“Through the Big Ideas programme, students develop outstanding entrepreneurship, teamwork and presentation skills, and broaden their knowledge of how STEM skills can be universally applied.”
Student teams will now work to hone their ideas and generate sustainable business plans from their concepts. Our mentors will support these teams ahead of submitting their plans for review at the end of March, as part of the S4TP Big Ideas Competition.
Successful teams will be invited to compete in a regional final held at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 15 May, where they will present their ideas to a panel of judges. The National Final will take place in London on Wednesday 26 June.
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