At SIMS we believe that education is the perfect environment for capitalising on new technology and using it to bring ideas to life. In the classroom, children’s minds are always buzzing with ideas, fuelled by powerful imagination and the freedom to dream.
We think that, if given the right opportunity, children have the chance to be anything they imagine and the opportunity to create unbelievable solutions to problems that us grown-ups don’t even think about.
All around us are examples of everyday technology that started life as a crazy idea on a piece of paper or a lightbulb moment that appeared from nowhere to make someone’s life better.
With that kind of ingenuity in mind, we’re looking to encourage the next generation of inventors and engineers to help celebrate the launch of our own next generation solution – SIMS Primary. We’re launching a design and technology competition for children aged 5-7, with an educational Sublime Science visit, worth £1,000, available for the winner and their school.
We know that children can be the most creative thinkers out there, so we’d love to see what key stage one pupils think technology of the future will look like. It could be something purposeful that supports people in need or something designed to help you escape reality and make the most of your free time.
It could even be a tool for the classroom that helps make the most of their time at school – it’s a completely open brief so they’re free to let their ideas run free!
To support the competition, we’ve created a two-part lesson plan, designed to fit into your curriculum and provide engagement objectives for your pupils. You can download the lesson plan here or visit simsnextgeneration.co.uk/lessonplan to find out more.
Included in the lesson plan are a breakdown of all the key points for the children to cover and some starting points for discussion with your groups. To support the lesson plan, we’ve also created an archive of resources that can be used in the classroom to inspire your pupils and encourage them to think of the future.
To take part in the competition, we’re looking for schools to send us their drawn designs by 2nd February 2018. You can either send scanned copies of your drawn designs to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post a hard copy (you can find our address in the lesson plan).