This is a group task which I used for many years with 1st year Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science students as an introduction to the process of drug research and development. I have adapted it for use with 14-18 year olds. This may be used as a careers session to give students a taste of careers in the pharmaceutical industry or as an inductive learning exercise to compliment GCSE or A Level science/ Chemistry Biology lessons which have a drug discovery component.
The task is based on the popular TV show The Apprentice, where students have to work in a team on a task to develop a new medicine. They are directed to the do their own searching (library, internet etc) and to take on roles as project manager, branding, marketing, legal aspects etc.. The students are given a choice of medicines tasks which will help them consolidate their knowledge, think creatively and critically about the scientific and business aspects involved and will encourage team building skills. I usually enlisted a couple of colleagues to act as "advisers" but there is no reason why 2 students can't be used. I also tended to give a prize to the winning team, which of course is optional!