Forming the beginning of their topic on inventors and inventions, years 3 and 4 at Molehill Primary Academy had a most informative presentation from Huw Prosser, CEO of Blooware Technologies, www.blooware.co.uk, on Friday 23rd February.
Huw is an alumni of fellow Trust Academy, The Leigh UTC in Dartford and only left school last year. Huw explained that he became an inventor at the age of 7 and has always wanted to be a business owner. His curiosity for inventing started when he began “breaking stuff” to see how it works and then “making stuff” from it.
Staff at Molehill Primary Academy were deeply impressed with how Huw related to and engaged with students in charting his journey from a tiny Primary School in Devon to becoming a student at The Leigh UTC then explaining how the academy Principal assisted him by introducing him to a “wise man”, Clive Barker, who has significant business acumen and has helped him on his business journey.
Students were fascinated by hearing how Huw was inspired to build his digital receptionist, Molli and Huw’s thoughts on what you need to be an inventor – fundamentally, this is that if you want to be an inventor, you can. He deftly explained his belief that everyone should do “what makes them smile”
Questions and Answers
Years 3 and 4 asked some very probing questions including-
“How does Molli help people?”
“Does Molli have feelings?”
“What don’t you like about Molli?”
Huw gave comprehensive answers explaining how Molli can be used in a number of ways to register guests, message guests and help to keep them safe in the event of an emergency. He spoke about machine learning in relation to feelings explaining that Molli does not have emotions but can interpret how humans are behaving and respond accordingly. His answer to what he does not like about Molli was that the only time that he does not like Molli, as such, is when something goes wrong! The determination shown, hard work and long hours that Huw has had to put in to get to this point in his career was clear.
Students are now embarking upon written work to explore how an invention such as Molli could be used in an environment familiar to them – their academy. We look forward to seeing their work.
Student feedback included:
“I found it inspiring when Huw said he would break toys because he wanted to make something out of them. Molli is useful because she helps you get to places on time. It would be useful in school because if Mrs Ranger (receptionist) is on the phone, it could help people sign in.”
“Huw’s presentation was inspiring and interesting because he achieved something at such a young age. Molli would be useful in school because she can send classes messages about who is picking children up which would save Mrs Ranger time.”
- Click on the link to see examples of the work Badger class did after Huw’s visit: Badger class Artbots
- Click on the link to see an example of a letter written to thank Huw for coming into Molehill Primary Academy: Letter to Huw
Watch the video below to see Huw talk about his time with the pupils at Molehill Primary Academy.
Sincere thanks to Huw for taking the time and trouble to visit Molehill Primary Academy.