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08 July 2024

King's Maths School students develop disruptive and innovative solutions to key societal issues

80 students from King’s Maths School take on innovation challenge to help tackle London's cost-of-living crisis and make a difference to residents' lives.

Kings Maths School students standing and holding certificates

The full-day event, delivered by the Entrepreneurship Institute (EI), invited students to develop their entrepreneurial skills and ideas, by exploring solutions to challenges that London has faced since the cost-of-living crisis – specifically mental health, homelessness and access to affordable food.

Throughout the day, students took part in sessions on design thinking, problem solving and explored the Seven Skills of an Entrepreneurial Mindset, a framework designed by the EI, that tangibly defines an entrepreneurial mindset and can be applied to any sector and future career.

The event closed with each team presenting their solution for the chance to win one of three prizes.

It’s incredibly important that we engage young people in problem solving, in the context of London and more broadly in society, giving them the tools and skills they need to design solutions. It shows them that they have an active role to play in designing the world they want to live in and can make change happen.

Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills at King's Entrepreneurship Institute

Our students thoroughly enjoyed this phenomenal opportunity to do some real-world problem solving, with help from King's Entrepreneurship Institute. Social justice is hugely important to these young people and the event gave them new confidence to 'compel, disrupt, validate and get it done' and to use entrepreneurial skills to make a difference in the world.

Timothy Bateup, Head Teacher of King's Maths School

King’s Maths School is run in partnership with King’s College London, providing high-quality mathematics education to 16-19 year olds in the heart of London. Its programmes combine a mathematics curriculum with physics, economics and computing, giving students the key understanding and skills they need to thrive on mathematical science courses at university.

This event is one of several new initiatives delivered by the EI that invites communities outside King’s to develop their entrepreneurial thinking. The Institute will also deliver skills workshops at King’s College School in Wimbledon, later this month.