The breaking down of our event into three stages – the training, the dragons den with action planning and the event, we felt strengthened our project significantly. The young people were more confident to be involved and lead which made an impact on the confidence and structure of the scientist and academics involvement.
The dragons training day
We began the day with some team building so the group could bond and work efficiently and effectively in the short space of time we had and then looked into what the project would be in similarities and differences to the dragons den television programme. We also familiarised ourselves with the positive attributes and skills we would need to be a successful dragon.
The dragons den day
There were four sets of pitches which had fulfilled our young dragons set
criteria for pitches that had made it through to the dragons den who had
three minutes to pitch and then five minutes allocated for questions. The
young dragons prepared questions but as their confidence visibly grew they began to believe in their abilities and work as a team to set themselves into a natural progression of questions for the scientists and academics.
After a deliberation period the dragons announced the winner of the £500 and prepared to work with ‘The B-Team’ on their event idea of ‘The Bacteria Party’. Their pitch was entertaining, engaging and well prepared and presented pitch was a clear winner with the dragons which increased their excitement.
The scientists, dragons worked together supported by myself and Emily. We action planned, in just three hours what we wanted the event to look like and what responsibilities we would all take with us to action in the run up to the event at the Zion Arts Centre.
We created a package of work for each of the stations as we expanded out into groups thinking about details of each station, needs, wants and costs. The young people who worked with the scientists and academics furthered their current knowledge of planning an event .
The dragons decided to promote the event and their new found confidence as event organisers by designing their own ‘I am a Dragon’ tshirts and printing them locally. This allowed them to channel their own creativity and to stand out on the day of the event so that other young people felt comfortable approaching them to ask about the event.
The event day
The Bacteria Party aimed to engage at least 40 young people who would
interact with 6 stations at the Zion Arts Centre filled with fun facts and games to learn out the good, bad and ugly of the bacteria that affects our everyday lives!