Year nine students at Da Vinci Community School, Breadsall, spent the day off normal lessons and got stuck in with the activities designed to help them make choices for their GCSEs.
They spent the day trying out different activities – a business-based board game, making bread and scones in a training kitchen, recording their own song and building a wind turbine with the help of the Smallpeice Trust charity.
The aim of the day was to give them a taste of activities in technology, business and music, and to give them new ideas.
Students got to see the supply chain in action thanks to board game Business on the Move, in which they controlled their own stock and were responsible for its successful delivery.
Business on the Move uses real companies – Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Home Bargains and DHL – sponsors of the game.
Da Vinci is the only school in the city to have any of these games, which were donated to the school by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – a platinum sponsor of the game.
The game is Monopoly-like in the way you move around the board trying to make as much money as possible.
Josh Adams, 14, won the game on his table – racking up seven successful deliveries and £145,000 in profit.
He said: "The game was a little confusing at the start, trying to get the hang of the moves and buying transport but, once we'd each had a couple of turns, it was easy to follow."