Thursday 11th June 2009 by C. Freeman
Students from Brooke Weston and Corby Business Academy collaborated on an enterprise project to learn more about world trade. They had to complete a series of tasks to give them a better understanding of the global market.
The sessions at Brooke Weston were led by Mr Robin Neighbour from Young Enterprise. They focussed on where commodities are produced, how they are transported and what is the cost, in food miles, of typical dishes, such as pizza, curry and Sunday roast.
The students were then split into teams representing nations and were given resources according to the 'wealth' of their country. They then had to trade with other teams, approaching the 'World Bank' for loans if required. This taught them about the difficulties faced by poorer countries with scarcer resources. Other topics included import and export and devising a marketing strategy for a specific product and consumer.
It was the first time that the Year 7 students from both Brooke Weston and CBA have worked together. They were split into mixed teams from each school and they quickly gelled, exchanging ideas and working hard together. The day ended with each team presenting their ideas to the rest.
The 'Our World' project took place over two days, with half the year group taking part daily. It followed the recent successful enterprise project involving Year 8 students from both schools that ended with presentation afternoons at Rockingham Speedway.
Mr Neighbour said: 'This has been a wide-ranging task with lots of topics to cover so there's a lot happening. The students are getting along with each other really well so it's been a very successful assignment.'