The project has an education arm and they have worked closely with local Primary and Secondary schools to do some wonderful projects.
I came across the site when I did a search for Functional Maths and found one of their projects which was called “Klassy Klaws” and was about the design, setting up and running of a local Nail Shop in the new Stratford City Centre by children in Year 8 (Grade 7) in Plashet School.
The Powerpoint on the site is well worth looking at. You can see the way the girls designed teir shop, put in a photograph mock-up of what it would look like, worked out the internal design and space and then went on to look at running costs and possible profits.
There were so many skills involved in this project. There was collaboration, design, measurement, calculation, research and I.C.T. The mathematics was about a set of “real world” possibilities. I was impressed by the maturity of the girls and know that they enjoyed the project.
This was very much the type of Project Based Learning that I feel schools should be doing and the type of learning that industry and commerce is calling out for.
This was just one of a number of projects that can be seen at http://www.nebp.org.uk/SCE/resources/ This was truly an exciting find for an exciting part of our great City of London looking forward to special events next year.
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