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KS4 students present innovative IoT ideas to Cisco

On Thursday 31 January, KS4 students took a day off their timetable to get involved in an Internet of Things (IoT) project with leaders in IT and networking - Cisco.

The day-long project involved KS4 teams creating a product or service that uses IoT principles to solve a social need. Cisco explained that they would be investing £1,000,000 in this, and that the teams needed to convince them that their idea would uniquely address a need that is critical to society today, one that is sustainable and will pay back their initial investment in a reasonable time frame.

The project aimed to teach the students important business skills, such as resilience, teamwork, leadership and how to communicate effectively.

The students began by assigning each member of their team with a role, from company CEO - to finance manager - to marketing and communications manager (and more!)

During the day, teams worked together to bring their idea to life, preparing for the company presentation back to Cisco in the afternoon.

One student said: “We’re working on the idea of a backpack with a tracking device in it, designed for school children. It will mean parents are able to monitor their child’s whereabouts and improve their safety. We have all worked well together and in such a short space of time. We’ve learnt a lot from it.”

Another student said: “The hardest part was us all coming up with the initial idea. Once we had that, it all came together. It’s helped to teach me how to better problem-solve and overcome problems when they arise.”

The final winners, picked by Cisco, were team ‘One Step Water’ with their winning idea of reducing water wastage in households through information on trends and analysis. Cisco commented that the group had presented a great business plan, which fit the brief and was a fantastic idea. They also commented on how well the team worked as one and the importance of that teamwork.

We would like to thank Cisco for coming in to deliver an engaging, valuable project to our KS4 students. Well done to all teams competing, and to our winners One Step Water!

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