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Design Ventura

Posted: 1st March 2022

Our Third Form Design Technology students took part in the annual Design Ventura competition, organised by the Design Museum in London. Students worked in small teams to design and develop a product for a specific user group, to be sold in the Design Museum Shop for around £15. Designers had to consider their users’ needs and preferences, finance, materials and manufacture, the environment, cost and marketing of the product.

Mrs Parker, Head of Design Technology said The competition at SLC was very stiff indeed this year and the judging panel had a very difficult job. Notable product ideas include a stress reducing bamboo string puzzle, a survival kit including an outdoor field notebook and a vacuum formed, balloon powered boat designed for under five year old children to play with in a paddling pool. But for the judges the winning design really stood out.

Team Prospect, made up of Gabriel, Jorge, Ed and Santiago, designed an elastic band powered paddle boat kit, made from bamboo. Judges especially appreciated that the design provided opportunities for children to interactively build and play with the product, that was made from a sustainable material and that profits from its sale would go to the RNLI charity, Save Lives At Sea.

Watch the video below to hear how they planned, designed and created this concept.


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