On Monday July 6th Unloc facilitated an event at Milton Cross Academy for approximately 200 Year 6 students transitioning to Year 7. Unloc, in the spirit of building a highly capable, engaged and civic-minded generation of young people encouraged the student voice in an interactive session focused on entrepreneurship and university life.
As a current student at the University of Portsmouth’s postgrad LLM programme and a representative of Unloc, I had the opportunity to share with the students, mainly 10-11 year olds, about university life. This was alongside the dynamic Tudor Mihailescu co-founder of Govfaces, a social media platform for politics, who spoke on entrepreneurship and how fun that journey really can be. Tudor shared with the students 5 lessons he learned being involved in a start-up. The students were hooked on his mixture of business, politics and anecdotes to the cartoon Dexter’s lab.
When questions were thrown out to year 6 students there was no shortage of respondents eager to test their knowledge and to engage with their peers. There were noticeable awwws and ooohs on the subject of the University of Warwick’s research using carrots, chocolates, and potatoes to build and power a Formula 3 racing car. I have no doubt budding scientists and engineers from the group will soon be ready to test their own versions of chocolate-fuel.
It was quite heart-warming when, as the session ended, students leaving the training room came up to Tudor and I determined to let us know that they were indeed thinking about their future and started listing their potential careers. That was very inspiring and we do hope that this enthusiasm will be nurtured throughout their school life – not just through the academic side – but also with the skills building that comes from co-curricula paths of engagement.
Yours in youth development,