On Friday 24th October BTEC Engineering students were presenting a ‘Dragons Den’ style project to a range of staff and external stakeholders. The purpose of the presentations was to generate feedback about students 3 initial concept ideas for their project and help them select one idea for further development.
Each student prepared a brief 5 minute individual presentation to a high profile panel of 4 or 5 ‘Dragons’ made up of senior managers and external Engineering professionals. The Dragons then gave the students constructive feedback on feasibility, originality and how closely it matched their design brief.
Jim Rudd, MLM Director of Engineering acted as one of the ‘Dragons’ and said “It is always good to see preliminary ideas and sketches, and hopefully we have managed to guide their thoughts on to what will be successful live models. The variety of project ideas was extremely comprehensive, and the background research clearly showed their focussed direction towards one of their ideas. In addition the integration of sustainability through recycling, simplification of existing ideas, and thinking outside of the box with ideas, will all come to fruition in their final presentations. Your students had clearly considered the brief, and how their projects related to it, as well as cross-referencing to the units on their course.”
Ryan Brinkley an Engineering student commented “We are really thankful that we were given the opportunity to present our ideas to such important people from various industries; it allowed us to have the opportunity to get a feel of how a presentation should be conducted when we enter the world of work.”