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Review of the Year 2016

19 December 2016 | Posted in News

Welcome to the IPO Campaigns and Education team’s end of year review.  
As we close the final chapter on what has been an astonishing year it’s time to look back and share with you some of our own, less traumatic, highlights from 2016.
Cracking Ideas Design Competition
In 2016, Cracking Ideas teamed up with Aardman Animations to celebrate their 40th birthday. We were joined by Wallace & Gromit, Morph, Shaun the Sheep and Timmy too.
What better way to celebrate than launching a brand new Cracking Ideas competition and free online curriculum-focused teacher resources to help teachers, from primary through to secondary, introduce intellectual property (IP) in to key subjects (Maths, English, Art, Design and Technology) and explain the importance of protecting innovation and creativity.
For the first time we had one national winner for each age group. Our congratulations to Esme Gray aged 6 from Spinney Primary School in Cambridge, Chianteyah Actie aged 9 from Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch in Cardiff and Molly Morgan aged 15 from Bedwas High School.  Each winner won an Aardman model-making session for their class. You can read more about the winners and their winning designs in our news section.
Following last year’s success we once again produced the Cracking Ideas competition materials in Welsh to target Welsh medium learners. We launched the new resources at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe. The competition attracted the interest of visitors and this year one of the competition winners came from a Welsh medium school in Cardiff.
Music Inc
The success of the Music Inc app that gives game gives players an insight in to the modern music industry while learning about copyright continues. Developed in partnership with UK Music and Aardman Animations the game has had a whopping 1 million game plays in the UK and over 2 million globally.  Watch our short film to find out more.
Think Kit
The Intellectual Property Office’s corporate plan for 2016-19 has a target to “ensure teachers can access the high quality learning resources needed to prepare the future generation for IP challenges in the workplace.” 
Think Kit is a comprehensive resource pack to designed to help teachers of GCSE or NQ Business Studies, Media Studies, Design Technology or Music get their students thinking about innovation and how they can protect and benefit from their creativity. Development of the resources was funded by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The resource includes detailed lesson plans for each subject, backed up by case study materials that put IP issues in a real-life context for students to get them thinking about how they would feel if their ideas were copied.  Here’s what people are saying about Think Kit - “The toolkit can help to convey the messages that everyone can innovate, creativity has value, ownership should be respected and innovation and creativity can be linked to financial reward and are fun and exciting”.
Karaoke Shower
The Karaoke Shower has travelled the length and breadth of the UK this year attracting thousands of people to showcase their vocal abilities and become singing sensations! From the Big Bang Science Fair, The Skills Show, And The Anti-Illicit Trade Group in Glasgow to the Houses of Parliament in London! The Karaoke Shower, our singing booth, is a fun way to learn about the IP issues faced by the music industry and encourages people of all ages to make responsible choices when downloading.  
Check our News & Events section to find out where the Karaoke Shower will be appearing next. Then start practising your microphone moves!
2016 has been an exciting year for us and we were delighted with the success the Cracking Ideas website achieved in its first year.  
We are already looking forward to a Cracking 2017 we have a new online game for Business Studies students and teachers launching in early 2017, exciting new updates to the Cracking Ideas website and an ‘IP is all around’ stand at the Big Bang Fair in March 2017.   
Have a Cracking Christmas and a wonderful New Year! See you all in 2017.

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