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       Prince's Trust Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2017    Prince’s Trust Mosaic Enterprise Challenge has been successfully completed for one more year. This year was special for the organisation because it was the celebration of their 10th year anniversary and their first year under Prince’s Trust roof. It was also, one of the most successful years for the competition with almost 5,000 students from 107 schools across the UK taking part and competing in ‘ The Business Game ’ and the Ethical Assessment. The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is an annual business competition that helps thousands of young people increase their aspirations, confidence and self-motivation by having relevant and effective role-models to look up to and engage with.      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              The winners of Mosaic Enterprise Challenge 2017 with the judges.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     The Grand Finals took place on Wednesday the 18th of May at Hogan Lovells International in London and the country’s top six teams had to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges which included Mohammed Amersi, CEO and co-founder of Emergent Telecom Ventures, Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy at Twitter, Vanessa Arelle, Entrepreneur and Founder of TeenzApp, Francisco Menjibar, Principal at Apax Partners and Fadi Itani, Deputy Director-General at Qatar Charity UK.  All the teams were amazing and their business ideas were second to none.  On the day of the finals, the students had to play ‘ The Business Game ’ for the last time and the top scoring team managed to score over £7,000,000 on our business simulation.  This Year’s winner was Skinner’s Academy which is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status in London; the students won £2500 for their school, £500 to help invest in a business idea and specialist mentoring to help them bring that idea to life, winner’s trophy and afternoon treats which included a private capsule in the London Eye.   Congratulations Skinner's Academy!  If you would like to get involved follow  @mosaicnetwork    Read more on the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge  here .

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PRINCE'S TRUST MOSAIC ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE 2017

A run-down of the Prince's Trust Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Grand Finals 2017.

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       Totem's top 10 serious games    Who doesn’t love a list?!  The team here at Totem Learning have been discussing our all-time favourite Games for Learning, or Serious Games (not to be confused with Gamification). It’s a really interesting subject we want to share with you all!  It was very difficult narrowing down our favourite games to just ten. How can you compare a game like ‘Americas Army’, an army simulation game boasting prestigious awards such as “Guinness World Record for ‘Most Downloaded War Game’ 2009” and the eagerly awaited, ‘Code Spells’ which teaches Coding in an immersive magical landscape? They deal with two very different subjects and have different goals. But after lots of ‘umm’s and ‘aah’s we have collated a list together (with no real order) to share with you accompanied with the promise to explore all the genre has to offer in greater depth in the coming weeks.     Re-Mission     A third person shooter developed by HopeLab with direct input from medical staff and young cancer sufferers. It teaches children in remission about their treatments and the importance of their follow up care in a unique and informative way. It’s been a huge success! Achieving its goal with such success a sequel has even been released boasting even further successes such as winning ‘the Parents’ Choice Gold Award’.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


            Free Rice     An incredibly worthwhile game that everybody should play as often as they can. This game educates players on various subjects while simultaneously helping those most vulnerable.  It has accomplished so much since its release, late 2007; over 98,117,454,870 grains of rice have been donated to those in need through this simple multiple choice game.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Food Force    A contender for the most downloaded game in the Serious Game genre and a sequel co-developed with Konami; this game teaches the importance of food nutrition.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       
           Nightmare: Malaria     Educating players on malaria while simultaneously working towards the end of the, completely preventable, disease; this game is challenging, both in gameplay and emotionally, with an impressively beautiful art style.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          September 12th      A simple, yet profound game! Straight to the point; Shoot or Don’t. Very few games have achieved the level of impact this game has and none to our knowledge in such a short time frame. If you make the choice to ‘play’ the game you quickly realise how impulsive action only brings you further away from your goal.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        DragonBox     Secretly teaching children Algebra! DragonBox proudly boasts teaching 83% of children the basics of algebra in under an hour of game play. What results! This game had to make the list. If you check out the reviews on the Play Store adults are raving about the game. There’s been some obvious competition between parents and children to play the app too!     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        The Leadership Game     Shameless Promotion! Our leadership game has been used by all sorts of people in managerial professions, including Football Management teams and CEO’s. It is currently undergoing a complete upgrade with some really interesting and innovative mechanics accompanied by beautiful graphics being included in the new release.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


          Typing of the Dead       
        
        
        Fighting off Zombies while learning to type; an inspired combination! Lovers of the zombie genre will find endless hours of entertainment playing this touch-typing game.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        Grace’s Diary     Gorgeous graphics, simple gameplay, abusive relationships- this game deals with this sensitive issue effectively, providing players with the necessary skills to recognise abusive relationships (whether their own or a friends') and information on how best approach the situation.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        The Business Game     More Shameless Promotion! But we believe in our products and we know their merit so no apologies from us! This simulation game teaches great business and enterprising skills regardless of age or experience. The aim is to turn a profit and run a successful business, adjusting constantly to the market for three virtual years. Players will have to be adaptable and forward thinking to beat the game, it’s a real challenge! You can always message us for a free trial and try it for yourself; but be warned the Yellow Robin Reliant!     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     There are so many exceptional games in this innovative and ever-progressing genre; this list is just a taster! Serious Games are used to educate on so many issues it would be folly to think this list is conclusive. It is just a scratch on the surface! In the coming weeks, we will be going into the different applications Serious Games have been used for and feature the top ten of those categories.   In the meantime let us know your favourites! We would love to hear your views too, tweet us @teamtotem or use #TL10

TOTEM'S TOP 10 SERIOUS GAMES

Who doesn’t love a list!

The team here at Totem Learning have been discussing our all-time favourite Games for Learning, or Serious Games. It’s a really interesting subject we want to share with you all! 

       How Totem are helping entrepreneurship in Uganda       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     After the success of the business game in the UK, the US, Qatar, Jordan and Singapore to name just a few countries, we know this game makes a difference to young people’s knowledge of business. Learning through play is such an important part of any childhood and serious games enable us to extend that mind-set through adolescence and into adulthood. However serious games are often seen as a tool for those in developed nations. Cost and lack of infrastructure often mean these solutions are well beyond the reach of millions of the world’s children.  At Totem Learning we don’t feel this is right and so we are proud to announce an exciting collaboration with The Butterfly Project in Uganda where we have donated The Business Game so young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn through play.  The Butterfly Project is a unique project in Uganda, which trains up young people from the most remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts to become social entrepreneurs. The project was instigated by Social Enterprise Africa CIC but is run through Chrysalis Limited in Uganda.  The game will be installed in the learning centres so budding entrepreneurs can try out and hone their business skills.

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HOW TOTEM ARE HELPING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN UGANDA

....we are proud to announce an exciting collaboration with The Butterfly Project in Uganda where we have donated The Business Game so young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn through play.

The Butterfly Project is a unique project in Uganda, which trains up young people from the most remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts to become social entrepreneurs. The project was instigated by Social Enterprise Africa CIC but is run through Chrysalis Limited in Uganda.

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