Young Inventors Club
The Young Inventors' Club is a non-profit organisation run by
inventor Tony Waithe. It organises field trips, workshops and
classroom-based community activities targeted mainly at pupils
of secondary schools. Its funding comes from private donors and
Big businesses and Government are keen to harness the imagination
of young people.
may lead to fame, fortune and even a place in history!
even if no-one is interested in young people's ideas, they should
not be disheartened. For some of the greatest inventions known to
Mankind have been ignored, or dismissed as impossible, by their
students believe in themselves, their visions, and their ability
to improve society, they will never stop trying to be innovative
and to get others to believe in their dreams.
Young Inventors Club is designed to support the work of educational
establishments in helping young students understand career and business
opportunities. We want to help them make their innovations more
than just ideas.
introduce them to the many facets of taking ideas into the marketplace.
the students can really be inspired!
The Young Inventors' Club aims to help educational establishments
provide students with an interactive, educational and fun introduction
to technology and innovation in the 21st Century.
work with students, mainly in the age range 11-18, to stimulate
an interest in science, technology and innovation through both classroom-based
activity and field trips.
Young Inventors Club is establishing working relationships with
some of the most important organisations in this area, including
the Science Museum, the Business Innovation Centre, the Thames Barrier
and the Design Museum.
are committed to developing educational and career prospects - an
area that needs revitalising in this country if we are to meet the
technological demands of business.
Young Inventors Club has been visiting schools in the Greater London
Region since 2000, running Career Insight and Industry days.
from these interactive sessions has been excellent. Now more and
more schools are setting up their programmes to include days with
the Young Inventors Club.
Benefits of the Scheme
Through partnerships with a wide range of organisations, from interactive
museums to innovative corporations, the Young Inventors Club can
work with schools to offer real-world inspiration. This is done
Workshops & classroom-based activities
Guided tours & field trips
Young Inventors' Website
Inspiration, motivation and self-belief
addition, exposure to the business-side of innovation will help
Gain a higher respect for formal qualifications
understand how companies go about their day to day business
choose subjects that will lead to an appropriate career.
learn directly from companies how new recruits achieve promotion
learn job descriptions and better career expectations
make better subject and career choices
gain access to sponsorship for further education
Information and learning opportunities include:
why companies believe in the youth of Britain
curriculum subjects which make students more attractive to
What's on Offer
Representatives of the Young Inventors Club, including teachers
(former, graduate and practising), innovators, mentors and inspirers,
can be made available for school day visits and as escorts for external
day trips to London venues. School parties are expected to be accompanied
by teachers as per standard practice. Costs are normally borne by
Education-Business Partnerships and corporate sponsors where appropriate.
Young Inventors Club creates synergy with organisations to help
young students become better and more positive. Therefore creating
a healthier society for everyone.
Workshops & classroom-based activities
Sessions include a wide range of topics and formats, tailored for
each class and age-group. These are used to prepare for a day trip,
as in 2. below.
Normally three or four 45 minute classes per day made up of interactive
using internet, Q&A, discussion, quizzes and competitions
using magazines and art to formulate and sketch ideas
Entrepreneurial motivation and design
Researching existing products to see if your idea is novel
How other inventions were protected, developed and promoted
Promotions, marketing campaigns & the publicity industry,
Sales and retail
Caring about yourself and the environment
Health and safety, clothing and protective gear
Conclusion , feedback and follow-up ideas
2. Guided tours & field trips
The examples below show some of the great places available in London.
Of course, there are also very many worthwhile field trips outside
the capital. Packages can be tailored for individual schools as
excursions are designed to provide a context to show how inventors
developed their ideas for their own historical and geographical
Business Innovation Centre
The Science Museum
Pollocks Toy Museum
The Design Museum
The Tower Bridge Experience
Science for Life
London Transport Museum
Institute of Contemporary Arts
3. Young Inventors' Website
The Young Inventors Website is used as an integral part of the sessions,
giving students the opportunity to interact and supporting projects
to demonstrate to their parents, teachers and peers what they have
is set up to help students realise their potential and just as importantly,
to direct students to learn and understand more about the world
of industry and how they can achieve a successful academic future
and career foundation.
The aim is to give students a modern understanding of the relationships
between invention, innovation, science, design and technology and
their realisation by business for the creation of jobs & wealth.
Young Inventors' Club field trips and workshops aim to cover a wide
range of learning opportunities, including:
Group Brainstorming of common problems
providing wider understanding of environmental awareness
involving computers and the internet to locate relevant information
presenting issues taking place in the local boroughs
demonstrating what is going on outside their own environment
has shown that one of the best ways to deliver this information
is through interactive communication. For example:
students say something about themselves
students suggest something they would like to change
computers and the internet are used as tools
common inventions - such as a bike - are introduced, explaining
the benefits, including to the environment, and the process of development
students then begin the process of creating, focusing, inspiring
and finally progressing in their chosen subject.
The Young Inventors' Club is aiming to build relationships with
a number of partner organisations which share its vision and values.
London Central Education Business Alliance
This new consortium has been set up in Central London to develop
an intranet with access to all schools in the Greater London Region.
It can attract a potential 10,000 students during projects, and
will continue to attract more. During school Projects, the Young
Inventors Website will be linked to this consortium.
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Tony Waithe, Chairman and Founder
has a rich cultural heritage. His parents are from the Caribbean,
but he was born in Kendal, North England, moving down to London
as a child.
Tony was at school he craved the excitement of a real outdoors/adventure
lifestyle. At 12-years-old he joined the Air Training Cadets where
he went on to learn to fly light aircraft, to parachute and climb
mountains - just some of the skills and team leadership qualities
which can be gained through the cadets. In cross-country running,
Tony won gold medals for his county and went on to qualify for the
inventor is not a one-man band - they have to relate to manufacturers,
designers and a whole raft of people and organisations. Being a
cadet gave Tony more than physical strength and endurance: it instilled
in him a strong sense of self-reliance, the importance of self-discipline
and team spirit.
was while Tony was studying Engineering & Science at the North
London College that he came up with his first good ideas and realised
how very difficult it was to convince people that they were worth
designs - including a folding fire-escape ladder and a revolutionary
bicycle saddle - led to his first television appearances on BBC,
ITV and C4, and in 2000, he won a Bronze medal for the bicycle saddle
at the world's largest invention exhibition in Geneva.
has always had an avid interest in working with students and introducing
them to the fields of invention and technology - particularly in
the light of his own experiences of the difficulties young innovators
have in developing their ideas into finished products and services.
is now a member of NELC (National Employers Liaison Committee) working
to bridge the gap between Education & the world of Business
Letters of reference.
A typical service would consist of one day per week, per school,
made up of 4 classes of 45 minutes, and charged at £340+VAT.
In addition, expenses are payable and travel time is chargeable
pro rata; one to two days' consultancy is normally required to discuss
and prepare course content and materials.
for day trips depend on the amount of preparation and organisation
required and are available on application.
Please contact Tony Waithe, founder Young Inventors' Club, on tel:
07812 796 494; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email: email@example.com,
to set up a consultation.