Caithness Primary Pupils in Junior Dragons’ Den Event
Published 26 May 2017Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW), in partnership with North Highland College UHI, held their first Junior Dragons’ Den Challenge for primary 7 pupils within the North Highland Region on 17th and 18th May.
This event provided the teams of pupils with an excellent opportunity to design and produce a “Totally Awesome Schoolbag” using a variety of skills such as communication, teamwork, budgeting, creativity, marketing and presentation. The teams pitched their designs to a panel of Dragons’ Den Judges consisting of local business people and students from North Highland College at a presentation evening held on 17th May at the Norseman Hotel, Wick and 18th May in the Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso.
In total, 17 teams from across North Highland participated in the challenge presenting a wide range of ideas that made their product stand out from all the rest. Winners of the challenge were :-
Overall Winner (sponsored by DYW North Highland) – Creative Kids, Castletown Primary
Best Presentation (sponsored by North Highland College UHI) - Grab a Bag, Melvich Primary
Most Enterprising (sponsored by Bridge 2 Business) - Inspiration, Pennyland Primary
Most Creative (sponsored by DYW North Highland) - Snap Dragons, Halkirk Primary
Overall Winner (sponsored by DYW North Highland) – Noss 1, Noss Primary
Best Presentation (sponsored by North Highland College UHI) - Dunbeath Go Getters, Dunbeath Primary
Most Enterprising (sponsored by Bridge 2 Business) - Noss 1, Noss Primary
Most Creative (sponsored by DYW North Highland) – Noss 1, Noss Primary
Following the event, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce said: "It was fantastic to see so many high-quality presentations with such a wide range of ideas. It was clear that the pupils worked exceptionally hard on this, and they all deserve to be recognised for their efforts”.
"Helping young people to understand and be inspired by the world of work is one of the key aims of the DYW initiative, and I'm delighted that these pupils have so clearly been inspired by this challenge. The skills they have learned here will be invaluable as they progress through their education and enter employment for the first time."
Lindsay Coghill, Castletown Primary School, said: “Junior Dragons’ Den gave our children an excellent opportunity to develop a wide range of skills such as creativity, imagination, team-work, research, promotional and persuasive language, ICT, role-play and confidence to present. The children thoroughly enjoyed the creative side and had some wild and wacky ideas!
"The experience has given them all a deeper understanding of creativity and how best to develop it; it has also demonstrated the work that is required to go into taking an idea forward to production. It was lovely to witness the confidence they displayed when they did their pitch and a total joy to see their delight when they were awarded the overall winners.”
Jane MacIntosh, Curriculum Leader, North Highland College said: “Part of the NHC strategy is to develop enterprising skills in all our students, and success with this was recognized by Education Scotland, last academic session. The college were delighted to work in partnership on this challenge alongside DYW and were able to support this project using the skills of our students. Students from courses at both FE and HE level delivered interactive and engaging workshops to all P7 pupils across schools in the Caithness and North Sutherland area. This was a great opportunity to cascade knowledge to the younger generation.”
She added: “The opportunity for our students to be involved in sharing their knowledge and helping encourage school pupils into an enterprising mindset was a motivating and rewarding experience for them. The students involved in this project were delighted to get the chance to showcase the skills they themselves have developed, through being a student at North Highland College. It was exciting to see the engagement and interaction between the school pupils and college students and to observe how the young pupils looked up to and worked with the students as they developed enterprising skills and entrepreneurial thinking.”