The main reason for holding an IP Awareness day is to make people think about the topic of Intellectual Property. Therefore, it should always be viewed as the starting point upon which further learning and exploration can take place in the future. This follow up is vital in order to consolidate the overall knowledge goal. Here are a few suggestions about the way in which a school could follow up on the IP Awareness day:

CREATIVITY DIARY

The Creativity Diary, which can be downloaded from the EUIPO site in any of the EU languages, provides a good starting point for teachers to

The Creativity Diary, which can be downloaded from the EUIPO site in any of the EU languages, provides a good starting point for teachers to introduce IP concepts into the classroom or as a home based assignment. The idea is that a new habit is created over 21 days by doing creativity activities every day. The format of the booklet invites students to complete one creative page per day and thus, effectively, foster a more creative mindset.

PROJECT COMPETITION

Competitions are a useful way of motivating students to produce a piece of work/project by a given deadline, either individually, in groups or as a whole class.

Competitions are a useful way of motivating students to produce a piece of work/project by a given deadline, either individually, in groups or as a whole class. Projects that focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship provide a wide-enough scope for students of all ages, abilities and in all subject areas to participate in an area that most appeals to them. This is a fun and practical activity that helps consolidate the lessons learned during an IP Awareness Day.

TALENT SHOW

The objective of a talent show is to get the active participation of the largest number of students possible in a whole school event.

The objective of a talent show is to get the active participation of the largest number of students possible in a whole school event. There could be various categories including: the arts, science, business, performing arts, poetry, literature, sport, etc. It could be used as an opportunity for the school to invite parents and guests to see the work being done to foster creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship across the whole student body.

CROSS-CURRICULAR THEMED PROJECTS

An effective way of following up on an awareness day is for teachers of different subjects and disciplines to work together to find

An effective way of following up on an awareness day is for teachers of different subjects and disciplines to work together to find cross-curricular links between their subject area and the subject area of their colleagues. The nature of Intellectual Property makes it a topic that is relevant to all subject areas.

OTHER POSSIBLE IDEAS:

  • A competition in the style of elevator pitches related to an entrepreneurial project as part of a talent show;
  • An exhibition with invitees (local business people);
  • Presentation videos on the school website;
  • Interacting with parents as ‘customers’ as part of a school open day, the young entrepreneurs/creators could sell their products or services, possibly even donating a proportion of the profits to charity;
  • Exhibitions in the fields of arts and crafts, digital technology, photography, etc.;
  • Plays, concerts, music recitals of original works.

MORE SPECIALISED IP COURSES

Staging an IP Awareness day is a starting point for students and staff; it is probable that following this introduction to the world of IP,

Staging an IP Awareness day is a starting point for students and staff; it is probable that following this introduction to the world of IP, an interest in learning more about this area might have been sparked. Therefore, teachers or students may feel they wish to learn more by participating in a specialised IP course. Further information can be obtained on the Resources page