KS4 - Innovation Throughout History - 6 enterprise lessons

Enterprise teaching resources for key stage 4, including gadgets, the Internet and a chair!

All these and more are covered in these lessons exploring innovation throughout history.

In this series of 6 lessons, students discuss a range of innovative products and evaluate their potential.

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Students consider form and function as elements of famous designs. Working in groups and brainstorming activities get students engaged.

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Looking at prototypes and the importance of modelling for innovative ideas.

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An innovative use for a goat is the unlikely starting point for this lesson on innovation. Students are encouraged to come up with their own innovative ideas.

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This lesson explores why it is important to make sure a design is good.

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Starting with a chair, students study design from the perspective of a number of famous designers.

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Innovation Resources for Enterprise

We live in a world of gadgets that are designed to make our lives easier, but what makes a good product? In this series of 6 lessons, we look at examples of innovative ideas and how to identify good and bad ideas.

Lesson 1 – Identifying Innovation

Students discuss recent innovative products and then work with a partner to develop a description of a gadget that they think the market needs.

Lesson 2 – What is Innovation?

Working as individuals and then in groups, students begin to think about labour-saving devises. They must consider the pros and cons of each and decide which product should be develop further.

Lesson 3 – Making a Difference

Using a real life example, students study the characteristics of a business and think about ways to create their own version with added unique features.

Lesson 4 – Design Principles

In this lesson, students work in small groups to learn the importance of developing an idea with sound design and production principles.

Lesson 5 – Keeping Cool

This is a whole class activity that discussed the reasons for developing a certain product. We also introduce the concept of fashion as an important factor of innovation.

Lesson 6 – Does it Work?

In the final lesson, students understand the importance of developing a prototype to help understand if a product will work, what components are required and what if the product specification changes.