Boardroom challenge: the longitude problem
Long before Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice, there was another high profile opportunity for innovators and inventors that captured the imagination of a nation. The Longitude Act was passed in 1714 and offered rewards of up to £20,000 for anyone who could solve the problem of finding longitude at sea.
This cross-curricular pack of images, films and activities provides a launch pad to investigate the history of enterprise, drawing together aspects of KS3 PSHEE and History.
Pupils will learn about the 18th century search for an accurate way of measuring longitude at sea as a case study to find out what skills are required for a successful enterprise.
We’ve suggested a few activities that fit well with KS3 history but you could use the sources any way you like.
What’s in this resource?
• An overview of the history of the Board of Longitude