Innovative workshops for Schools

I’ve reduced my hours at Dyson so that I can deliver Innovative workshops for Schools on Thursday and Friday daytimes. In my 20 year career, this is the most excited I’ve been! Seeing kids faces light up when their ideas come to life! Watching the heartache when they test their designs to destruction, then the elation when they succeed.

It was going into my own children’s primary school that made me first realise just how much I love inspiring young people into solving problems and innovating solutions.

After 4 years of creative sessions with young people all over the world, here’s a list of the kinds of things I offer:

What I offer for schools

 

The students really enjoyed your session last year – the feedback was fantastic!

-Martha Ware, Chesham Grammar School

 

More often than not, i’m being booked to deliver one off workshops

I have a list of pre existing workshops available to choose from which cover everything from innovation to entrepreneurship, mechanisms, teamwork etc but if you have an existing theme you’re covering, I can help put something together tailored to your needs.

AGE RANGE & ability

Being a dad of 3 girls, I’ve worked with children of all ages right up to masters students. I tend to tailor my workshops to the audience which means that I can dial up or down the content depending who i’m working with. This is the same for materials and complexity. There is always a way to simplify things and also ways to make them more complex or challenging, just talk to me about your group.

Locations

Whilst i’m based in the Swindon area, i’m more than happy to travel. However, in this modern era we now have the huge benefit of online sessions. I’ve run seminars for Masters students in Sweden, Online Inventor Club sessions for small groups, huge challenges for 60+ families and LIVE STEM Lockdown challenges for 1000’s of kids all over the world during the global pandemic.

Timings

Most of my sessions are designed to last 90 minutes as i’ve found this is enough time to outline a problem, and get something built and tested. However, as you may know, the making process takes time. We can easily extend sessions to provide more time for building/testing or to dig deeper.

Number of students & additional support

With sufficient support, anything is possible! I’ve helped 150 ten year olds build bridges simultaneously in the same hall, or 60 families navigate projects at the same time over zoom. I’ve found there are certain workshops that suit larger numbers and others that require smaller groups. My workshop pages will outline recommended numbers  of students/helpers. Generally though around 30 students is the upper number for a fairly hands off session or 15 for more dedicated support.

I always recommend additional adult support as the kind of projects we get up to involve knives, hot melt glue etc.

themes

Since 2017 I’ve created loads of innovative sessions for thousands of kids all over the world. I’ve taken several of these sessions and developed

them into repeatable workshops that can be delivered to all sorts of ages and experiences.

Innovative workshops for Schools    

Your workshop was one of the highlights for the students. In our post event survey, over 90% of the students who attended your workshop said they would like to do something like it again. An amazing 63% said that your workshop made them think more about a career in engineering

-Susan Grice, Chesham Grammar School

Beyond workshops

As time has gone on i’ve begun to develop more than just creative workshops. I was asked by the VP of Health & Beauty at Dyson to pull together a seminar on Innovation, Idea Generation & Brainstorming for the Dyson Institute. I’ve since delivered this seminar to various groups from children aged 11 up to masters students. The 45 minute seminar focuses on innovative ways of generating new ideas, then goes into brainstorming methods. It can be teamed with a real time hour-long Brainstorm with a topic of your choice or I can provide a variety of examples.

More recently I wrote and delivered an hour long keynote speech on Innovation and the power of YET to parents, teachers, students, old boys and local business people at Bradford Grammar school.

I’m as happy on stage as I am holding plenary sessions with students, talking through their projects. I love bringing real world context from my industry experience providing suggestions to help them get the best results.

I’ve created a 9 week course all about sketching for product design which i’ve delivered online. It’s been great to see the fast uptake in skill level from my various students.

I would be more than happy to tailor any of my sessions to fit an assembly format. I’ve also helped out with parents and careers evenings on several occasions.

Workshop focus

 

session Pricing & travel

As previously mentioned I’m happy to travel. If sessions are more than 25 miles away there will be a £0.45p per mile additional charge.

90 minutes sessions – £250

Half days – £400

Full days – £700

Consecutive days or ongoing sessions – Talk to me about your requirements and we’ll figure something out

Full weeks – Starting at £3500 depending on content, my 3D printing for innovation course starts at £5000

To see more about the kind of things we get up to in my Inventor Club and workshop sessions, check out the video below…

Furthermore, fancy pushing the boat out and booking my 3D printing for Innovation course? Check out the video below…