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Background •The UK Government has established a programme to predict what the future willl look like. •This programme is called Foresight (www. so that funding and research can be appropriately directed.gov.uk) .foresight.

technologist. engineers. academics etc • They are primarily ‘men in suits’ • They have difficulty ‘thinking outside the box’ • They like to ‘play safe’ • Their ideas move forward in small incremental steps .Problems with Foresight • The Foresight committees are made up of eminent scientists.

Young Foresight • Young Foresight was established to help get around this problem • Get young people. who are not restricted by previous experience to brainstorm and come up with innovative ideas • This is todays challenge! .

for the year 2020 • You will have to do some very quick research • You will have to generate several concepts – – – – argue them through with your team mates and select one area that you will develop further model your design in some way brand your design • By the end of the day you will have to present your idea to an expert • Remember. think different. think outside the box! .The Challenge: Transport of the Future • Today you will develop some innovative ideas and concepts about transport in the future. think big.

safe.Some Thoughts to Get You Started • Air Vehicles: – Mass transport (Big passenger aircraft) – Personal transport (Small. easy to operate) – Cargo transport .

Some Thoughts to Get You Started • Ground Vehicles: – Mass people transport (bus.hovercraft) – Cargo transport (lorries. trains) .train.tram) – Personal transport (car.motorbike.

Some Ideas to Get You Started • Hybrids – Flying cars – Boat planes – Hover trains – Space planes • Infrastructure – Airports – Stations (bus/train/carports) .

Some Thought to Get You Started • • What about fuel? – No (or very little) fossil fuels available? The Environment? – Roads already too busy – Skies already becoming overcrowded Sustainablity/Reuseability? – Can’t afford to use lots of materials that we just throw away after use – What happens to our products at the end of their life? Technology? – New materails might be available by 2020 – Alternative/new energy sources? – Clever and ‘smart’ structures – Artificial intelligence – Augmented Humans • • .

Timetable • • Concept Generation – – – – – – Get lots of ideas flowing Then ‘downselect’ to one/two ideas Start thinkig in more detail How would it work? How would it be made? What is it made of? How can you demonstrate what it might look like Make a model of it (or bits of it) Drawings (CAD?) Design • Model – – – Timings • Presentation – – – – – How will you present it to an expert (in 2 minutes max) Need a team/project name and some initial branding ideas What/who is your market? Any ideas of costs? Any major risks involved (Technology. cultural) .

Teams • • • • 160 pupils 4 x 40 ‘classes’ 5 teams of 8 in each group Roles: – – – – – – – Project manager Deputy PM Researchers Modellers Presenters Designers Branding and marketing .

Resources • • • • • • • • • Images of the future Advanced Technology ideas Young Foresight DVD Internet access for each group Modelling materials CAD Presentation facilities (powerpoint or not?) T-shirts? (each team to present in team shirt. with team logo) Prizes? .