The workshop will help your students stretch their imagination and begin a journey exploring:
This lesson can be delivered in a bespoke way to meet your schools’ needs and can take place in-person as a lesson, year group workshop, or even virtually, as well as being shaped to suit your school timings.
Fuel ambition, spark ideas and empower your students through design-thinking.
What is an Impact day?
A one-day, fully immersive design-thinking experience for groups of 50+ students aged 16-18 year olds held onsite at your venue. No need to mobilise, we’ll come to you and take your students on a design-thinking journey that will lead them from identifying a problem, working through several stages to iterate and design a prototype/solution all in the one day.
On this journey, your students will learn important skills at each stage, including user-centred design, working in a team and critical thinking. The impact day will also help foster softer, intangible elements such as empathy, emotional intelligence, and resilience.
What happens on the day?
Our team of design-thinking trainers will come to your venue and will deliver a design sprint, working through several stages of the design-thinking methodology. During the design sprint, there will be creative icebreakers and fun games to stimulate ideas and keep the energy alive.
Understanding the user base and ‘consumer’, how they interact with the world/system or product, and understanding their needs and behaviours.
Together each team will work together to define a problem and then design solution for it. This could even be applied to improving something within your everyday life, asking the question ‘How might we…?
Our team will work with your students in different groups and walk them through an ideation phase where they can start to design and develop a solution for the defined problem. Here, students will contribute ideas, challenge assumptions, and work together as a team to develop a solution.
At the end of the day each team will present their solution to the group in a very welcoming and engaging environment.
At the end of the design sprint, students will become part of the Generation Innovation community, and will be given branded tokens and merchandise to remember the experience alongside resources to continue their journey
What will it cost?
Absolutely nothing, this is a fully funded programme with no cost to you; all we need is a dedicated space and time to deliver the Impact Day.
The Work Experience Programme is for ambitious 17-18 year olds interested in upskilling for the jobs of the future. Students receive Design Thinking training over the course of five days, learning how to work as part of a new team made up of students from across Northern Ireland. The new skills are then put to the test to solve a company challenge, developing a solution before pitching it to the partner company and their fellow students.
Delivered in-person, students will improve skills such as communication, team building, resilience, problem-solving and creativity.
Over the five days of programme, students are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that will inspire and empower them for the future.
Benefits of attending
Communication• Teambuilding• Emotional Resilience• Problem Solving• Creativity • Presentation• Empathy• User-centered design
Totally Free to Attend
Access to exciting and innovative companies across Northern Ireland
Free Generation Innovation merchandise including our limited edition hoodie
Free to attend
Access to the Catalyst School Alumni network to extend your tribe
Students build new friendships and connections beyond their networkStudents are guaranteed to learn in a fun, energetic and highly engaging way that’ll inspire and empower them for the future.
What Students Can Gain Over Their Work Experience
Build Emotional Resilience
Learn Problem-Solving Skills
Presentation and Pitching Skills
Design-led Thinking Skills
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