0550 GMT March 22, 2019
Ben Edmonds, a local inventor and designer from Marlborough with 17 years of experience in the industry, is holding and conducting the workshop titled ‘Inventors Club’ at Swindon UTC on Wednesday, swindonadvertiser.co.uk reported.
The workshop, to be attended by 7-14 year-olds, will focus on giving the participants hands-on experience in designing, problem solving and pitching ideas. It even provides them with the opportunity to learn basic electronics skills.
He aims to inspire the next generation of innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and to show them that failure is part and parcel of the processes of invention and discovery.
Edmonds said, “With innovation, the process always includes failure. We have an idea, we test it, it fails, we learn and we try again. This is how the greatest and most life changing inventions of all time have happened, and usually by accident when the inventor was failing at trying to make something else.
“If we raise kids who are scared to fail, the knock on effect is they become scared to try. And if we have kids who are scared to try new things, we lose the potential to save the world.”
Ben himself has three daughters, aged four, eight and 10 and say they are all engineers in the making.
“I caught my eldest making a hammock out of some bed sheets,” he said.
“But the most exciting thing is getting to these kids at this age, who aren’t tainted by that self-doubt.
“I want to teach them that they can do anything, that’s what I’m most passionate about.”
The first ‘Inventor Club’ workshop will be held at Swindon UTC college on Wednesday November 7 in three 90-minute sessions for ages ranging from 7-14.
The first group will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and will be for 7-9 year-olds. The final session will be from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for 12-14 year-olds.