This term, all of our year 10 Design & Technology students have been taking part in an international live competition, where they had to design and make the prototype for a new product that has the potential to be commercially manufactured and sold in the Design Museum shop in London. The product had to be aimed at either young people, students or families. It had to improve everyday life in some way and be as sustainable as possible. It also needed to fit in with the kinds of products already on sale in the shop.
From the 102 students that took part, six teams were shortlisted for the school pitching event, where they had to present their ideas to a panel of judges. From these six teams, the winning team was picked to have their work submitted for the national competition. Reece Fraser, Tomiwa Banjo, Samuel Adenipekun, Desire Dare, Harrison Chapman and Abdullahi Mataan worked hard to produce ‘STIX’, a wooden construction toy designed to bring families together through play and creating exciting structures. They also designed the logo and packaging for the toy.
They were last out of the ten teams to pitch so had to wait all day and were very nervous as the competition was so high, but the judges said they loved their idea, the tactile nature of it and how well they had considered their target audience (families) and how their product could improve the social aspect within the home and get kids away from technology and into creativity and spending time with each other.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in February.
Good luck boys!