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The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is back for 2017

Pupils at St Margaret's Academy compete for their place at the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge national final.

Posted by Charley Rogers | February 21, 2017 | Technology

Pupils from St. Margaret’s Academy in Aigburth battled it out this week for their place in the national finals of the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge.

The challenge, which is backed by Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis, aims to help develop the enterprise and employability skills of young people across the nation, and year 9 pupils were set the challenge of designing an app for the sponsors, Ryman.

Each team was asked to choose a project manager to lead them through the various challenges of the day, including idea generation, and identifying their target market and the unique selling point of their product. Students also had to get creative, designing a distinctive company name and brand logo, as well as creating a marketing poster.

The challenges set throughout the day encouraged pupils to develop many skills, including teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and presentation skills.

Presentation skills were put to the test as students were tasked with scripting a 30-second YouTube advert to perform, before presenting their big idea to the judging panel.

The winning team, Tech Terror, designed a futuristic game where technology is taking over the world. In the game, players are tasked with leading their characters, which are different items of stationery, to overcome various obstacles and challenges.

Tech Terror will now compete against hundreds of schools across the nation in the national finals, set to take place in June.te

Greg McLean, careers manager at SMA, says: “The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge was a thoroughly enjoyable day to participate in. The challenges set throughout the day encouraged pupils to develop many skills, including teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and presentation skills. I was delighted with how the day went and look forward to attending the National Finals with our winners, Tech Terror, in July.”

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