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Making it

Students perform brilliantly at the 'Make It' Enterprising Grand Final, in which they took on various job roles to develope a cake in celebration of the 2014 Commenwealth Games

The ‘Make It’ Enterprising Challenge Grand Final sponsored by Premier Foods Ltd

Students working on their presentation
Students working on their product

Congratulations to a team of Year 10 pupils from Mosslands who took part in the ‘Make It’ Enterprising Challenge Grand Final sponsored by Premier Foods Ltd and the Manufacturing Institute following qualification through a regional heat. The one day event provided an opportunity for each school team to set up their own manufacturing business and test their powers of innovation, creativity and teamwork.

Each member of the team was asked to match their own skills and qualities to those covered by a choice of job roles including Managing Director, Finance Director, Sales and Marketing Managers, Manufacturing Manager, Design Engineer, Logistics Manager and Quality Controller.

Throughout the course of the day each team had to design, cost and manufacture a new cake or dessert product to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, along with a delicate object transportation system to move eggs and other materials around the manufacturing facility. Pupils also had to develop a marketing campaign, work to a budget and deal with logistics.

Finally each team was also required to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors (Premier Foods Senior Managers) in a Dragons' Den style presentation.

Students giving their presentation
Giving a Dragons' Den style presentation

The judging of the event was extremely stringent, with the Dragons monitoring each teams’ progress throughout the day. The teams were not just measured on their completion of key tasks, but also on teamwork, use of initiative, problem solving, and other enterprising qualities.

Of the 20 teams taking part the team from Mosslands did very well, being commended by the judges for the quality of their presentation and teamwork throughout the day. The team narrowly missed on a trophy, but really enjoyed the experience.

"This was a great experience working as a team to meet strict deadlines, and preparing our pitch to the dragon’s gave us all good practice in public speaking"  -Team Mosslands.

Well done to Jordan Edwards, Connor Blore, David Bulfield, Jamie Cole, Jay Henson, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Marsh and Elliot McLaughlin.