The Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival is unique, pioneering a five-day event focused on championing new ways of thinking to address real-world problems. Attendees work on sprints, or short practical sessions, to develop hacks and solutions to a range of challenges. You can watch how it played out here
The festival is designed to get young people excited about STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). It is fun and dynamic and gets participants working together using creativity and imagination to solve real-life challenges. Attendees participate in sprint sessions in which they are posed challenges related to a STEM topic and encouraged to come up with as many solutions and practical ideas as possible.
In order to get the most from these sessions, participants are encouraged to use creativity and imagination. Fearlessness and confidence help them present their ideas. The ethos of the event is that there is no such thing as a bad idea or a stupid question. Organisers wanted to help participants by providing workshops throughout the event that helped them develop creative thinking, communication skills and resilience.
We used our expertise with young people and designed workshops that explored resilience, communication, growth mindset and cognitive flexibility. Importantly the workshops had to be fun, engaging and dynamic. We ran over 30 of these mini workshops on personal skills for eight to 18 year olds, adjusting content for the age of the audience. These sessions were delivered across four days by five of our facilitators to over 1300 young people.
The sessions were well attended and lively. They gave participants confidence to engage in collaborative sessions with while thinking creatively and solving problems. Watch the success of the event here