Eurekaha Pilot - the first few weeks...

Slightly later than anticipated, yet undeterred, Eurekaha has arrived! Eurekaha launched its first session in Bridgwater & Taunton College’s new design centre. On the 10th Nov, we met a cohort of 8 young people and prepared them to embark on a 20 week adventure that will introduce them to the essentials of design thinking and challenge them to take on a real challenge with a charity partner, more will be revealed in due course.

In full prototype mode (this is a pilot!), we made introductions, broke the ice, touched on design thinking and got stuck straight into group story telling, all under the watching eyes of four academic observers.

Week 2 Found us at Lower Lakes, Bridgwater for team building. Here we exposed the students to bush craft. The session was expertly delivered by Eurekaha volunteer, Oli Truman, ex-Royal Marine Officer and bushcraft guru. Under Oli’s close supervision, the team learned safe knife and cutting skills, crafted bush tools from wood, learned to prepare pheasants with their bare hands, were shown natural and man made tinders, leading to fire building techniques, all of which culminated in wild cooking a.k.a pheasant burgers. 

I won’t dwell on these sessions for now, we will blog about the learning, perspectives and parallels with design thinking in future posts. We can also look forward to Oli’s perspectives on outdoor learning and mental health in the wilds.

In anticipation of future posts, I’ll close with a huge thank you to Oli for his time and commitment, we are looking forward to future collaboration. I’d also like to extend our gratitude to Lower Lakes CIO for their kind support and use of their land. The team at Lower Lakes do a fantastic job providing opportunities for young people in Bridgwater. Follow the link to find out more.

Further thanks goes to Somerset’s F Griffiths and Sons Butchers who kindly supplied the  pheasants for the day, ensuring the students got to practice on a safe and quality bird. We are all for well sourced local produce, and F Griffiths and Sons Butchers is well worth checking out if you have not already done so.

Lastly, Bridgwater & Taunton College have gone to great lengths to support this initiative, long may the students benefit. Thank you!