Working with 7 Billion Ideas, www.7billionideas.com, Leigh Academies Trust launched #Leighideas2018 this week. All LAT primary academies will take part in the project which will culminate in an inter Trust final in December to be hosted by Strood Academy.
Pictured is 7 Billion Ideas facilitator, Charlie, introducing the project to year 3 students at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy. She began by showing students a number of interesting forward thinking ideas designed to make the world a better place, explaining that 80% of the UK’s working population are dissatisfied with their jobs. She further explained that by 2030, 85% of available jobs may not have been thought of today.
Essentially, the project is designed to help students to connect with their own, potentially world beating ideas. Creativity is very much the watchword of the project with students going on to work in small teams of three or four to map out and create models, stories or jingles based upon their ideas.
Having then seen examples of ideas forwarded by young people such as braille, the baby mop and the popsicle, students were advised to ‘think big’ and that their ideas don’t have to be possible- yet!
The main tenet is that ideas can change the world in a positive way.
Teams will work on their ideas over the next few weeks with teacher resources being provided by 7 Billion Ideas. One key stage 2 team from each academy will then go on to the final where an overall winner will be selected. The winning idea will be turned into a book which will be sold on Amazon.
Charlie closed her introduction with the following quote from Anne Frank:
“How wonderful it is that no one needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Comments from 7 Billion Ideas were:
“It’s been such a joy launching the #LeighIdeas2018 competition and getting to meet all of the imaginative and enthusiastic young people. Judging from the innovative ideas they came up within 2 minutes during the assembly; it is set to be a really exciting final.”
Charlie Limm (Presenter)
“It has been wonderful arranging the competition for Leigh Academies Trust. We are really looking forward to the final and seeing the ideas that the students will come up with, we have had fantastic feedback from Charlie our roadshow presenter about how excited the children are, so we are expecting big things.”
Jenny Pool (Competition Manager)
We very much look forward to seeing the students’ work.