Visions of the future – youngsters take on Matthew Boulton Challenge

Matthew Boulton
Matthew Boulton

14th December, 2009

The final of Aston University’s Matthew Boulton Schools Challenge will take place on Wednesday, 16th December between 12.45pm and 2.15pm.

The University has challenged local schools to come up with inventions that reflect the theme of ‘What would Matthew Boulton be working on if he were alive today?’ The Schools Challenge has been part of the city-wide celebrations taking place this year to mark the bi-centenary of Matthew Boulton’s death in 1809.

During the final, teams from Four Dwellings School, King Edward VI Handsworth School, King’s Norton Boys School, and Plantsbrook School will present their ideas to a friendly panel of ‘Dragons’, who are Dr David Gregory, BBC Midlands Today ‘s Science Correspondent; Shena Mason, Editor of the Matthew Boulton Selling what all the World Desires exhibition catalogue published by Yale University Press; Dana Skelley, Director of Road Network Management at Transport for London, and Mohammed Nazir, Chair of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum. The winning entry will hopefully go on to be developed into a finished product or invention (pending sponsorship).

Sally Finn, PR Manager at Aston University, said: ‘All the schools taking part are really looking forward to sharing their ideas with our panel of ‘Dragons’. They are all very friendly and will be looking for evidence of ideas and the fun that we hope the students have had whilst working on their inventions and other projects. Many of Matthew Boulton’s best inventions started with nothing but a brilliant idea!’

Each School has been allocated ten minutes to share their ideas and present their visual or other material to the panel of ‘Dragons’ in the University’s Great Hall.

Event timetable:

12:45-12:50 – Welcome and introduction to the Dragon’s, Great Hall

12:50:-13:00 - Four Dwellings School

13:00-13:10 - King Edward VI Handsworth School (Group 1)

13:10-13:20 - King Edward VI Handsworth School (Group 2)

13:20-13:30 - Kings Norton Boys School (Group 1)

13:30-13:40 – King’s Norton Boys School (Group 2)

13:40-13:50 - Plantsbrook School

13:50-14:05 –The Dragon’s make their decisions ...

14:05 - Announcement of the winners and runners up

14:15 (approx) – Schools’ Challenge Final ends, school groups depart.


For further press information please contact Sally Finn on 0121 204 4552 or email s.l.finn1@aston.ac.uk.