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Hothouse helps shape future scientists
More than 250 students took part in a hothouse to hone their business skills, helped by BT volunteers

Hothouse helps shape future scientists

BT held an event at Adastral Park in Suffolk for year 12 students from local schools. Employees volunteered their time to help teams apply their thinking to areas outside their day-to-day lives. Youngsters were shown around the customer showcases to see the breadth of our research and innovation.

Darren Lewis, Principal Innovation Consultant said: “It was a great showcase of what we do at Adastral Park and across the company and will help to shape the next generation of scientists. As well as brainstorming tips, we helped groups prioritise their ideas and showed them how to think commercially, looking at costs of services and revenues. They then presented their ideas in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch.”

One student who was terribly nervous at the thought of presenting – gave a first-class performance after some expert coaching from BT Volunteer, Joseph Ball. Darren said: “Not only that, but her team won their semi-final. She tackled a true fear and will remember the day for a long time. It will stand her in good stead for many other challenges she’ll come across in life.”

Head of business at Woodbridge School Janine Wright says the hothouse will help them with more collaborative learning and creativity. And she praised the great mentoring from our volunteers. “Most of all, I think many students were really stimulated by the thought that they were at the cutting edge of technological developments for BT,” she added.