As part of their first Welsh Baccalaureate assessment, Year 10 pupils have been challenged to design and pitch their ideas for an educational toy for primary school pupils. In groups of between 3 and 5 individuals the pupils have to complete their Enterprise and Employability challenge during this autumn term. In preparation for the actual design process of this activity the year group were given a talk by Dr Sean Jenkins, who is the Head of Design and Applied Arts School at University of Wales Trinity St. David in Swansea. Sean gave them an insight into the work of a designer of toys, and shared examples of work carried out by his own students, as well as past students who have since gone on to work for Lego and Hasbro in the toy industry. Pupils must now use his advice wisely to create their own designs, and ultimately pitch these ideas to a panel of business people.
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