16th March 2016
Silver Stage Creative Enterprise workshop Day 2 – South Shields Community School
This second Silver Stage Creative Enterprise workshop saw 22 Year 9 students from South Shields Community School coming together at the David Puttnam Media Centre within The University of Sunderland before a visit to the adjacent National Glass Centre.
Following an introduction to the day by Jenny Barrett, TICE Managing Director and Lee Casey, creative enterprise mentor, SSCS were introduced to Rachel Groves, the Learning and Engagement Officer with The National Glass Centre (NGC).
Rachel talked about her role with the NGC and about the range of courses and activities currently offered for children, families and adults. The National Glass centre is free for people to visit, to learn about the history of glass making with daily demonstrations such as glass blowing and seasonal exhibitions. A range of adult courses including glass making, drawing techniques or stained glass workshops are offered throughout the year. For the younger children activities run in the holidays too!
Identifying a gap within the teenage age bracket Rachel introduced a scenario of ‘Can you come up with an event or activity which would attract more 14-16 year olds to the National Glass Centre?’
Students were given the opportunity within the Glass Centre to research their ideas, watch demonstrations, talk to staff and look at the current NGC offerings. In teams they came up with ideas and developed them over their visit. Asked to complete their final ideas on a task sheet whilst taking into account the 4 P’s Product, Price, Promotion and Place before pitching back to Rachel and the mentors in a 5-10 minute presentation.
5 teams, 5 great ideas for encouraging teenagers into the National Glass Centre were presented! From Art & History workshops incorporating ceramic glass, jewellery courses making pendant charms, glass creations using portraits of iconic people and making a glass panel to use in games consoles. Each idea was viable, had potential and worth the NGC considering with further research and consideration. However, the winner was Team 4 ‘Shattered’ with their idea for a workshop to provide work experience within Business, Engineering and the Arts at the NGC. Schools would be invited to come into the NGC on a Friday to complete the initial workshop with students offered the opportunity to return at the weekend to make products and sell them in an auction style format. Team ‘Shattered’ had also considered the pricing with a fee for the Friday workshop at £10 and then an extra £5 for those students wishing to continue over the weekend.
Rachel Groves, said, “I was incredibly impressed with the students’ work ethic, dedication to the project and the suitability of their pitches in response to the brief. The quality of the ideas and level of detail was outstanding, it showed that they listened to the information I gave them and used it fully in their project development. It was a very valuable and worthwhile activity for everyone involved and I hope that National Glass Centre can work with the winning team as a panel of young advisors.”
Back in the David Puttnam Media Centre students heard from Adam Clements, Princes Trust Programmes Executive for Enterprise and Awards. Adam introduced the Princes Trust, talked about his role and how the Princes Trust could help young people aged 18 – 30 develop their business ideas with practical support but also through possible funding streams. Students recognised many of the celebrity ambassadors the Princes Trust collaborates with from Dynamo to Cheryl, Ant and Dec but most importantly Adam highlighted it works with real people who need their help and he provided an inspirational insight.
Now SSCS students wait to hear if they are going through to the Gold Stage on their Creative Enterprise journey before the exciting final show in July.
Blog by Lee Casey 19/03/2016