WE were delighted to welcome students from St Bede’s Inter-Church School and Littleport and East Cambs Academy along to King’s Ely on June 3rd for a special Innovation Day.

The event involved 67 Key Stage 3 students, including King’s Ely pupils, who enjoyed a fun-filled workshop where they competed to produce ideas for a new Smart Home product, and presented their final creations to a panel of judges made up of Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, Andrew Moss, who is a King’s Ely parent and Managing Director of Horizon Retail Marketing Solutions and Alastair Ray, Head of Year 7 and Design and Technology Co-ordinator at King’s Ely Junior.

The day was delivered by Lucy Etchegoyen and Veera Bukshi, both Technology Consultants at Accenture UK. Lucy and Veera chose to take a volunteering day to take the students through a number of design thinking activities. Andrew co-facilitated the day, educating the students on Smart Home devices and how to design a brand and packaging to advertise their products.

The Innovation Day was organised under the umbrella of the Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership, of which King’s Ely, St Bede’s and Littleport and East Cambs Academy are all members.

Celia Etchegoyen, Director of Outreach at King’s Ely, said: “The students were introduced to Smart home products, design thinking, ideation, design packaging, marketing strategies and collaborative working. It was fantastic to see the students respond so well to a technology challenge of the future. Lucy, Veera and Andrew together delivered an inspiring and innovative day to raise the aspirations of young people in East Cambridgeshire.”

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