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Hans Price Academy students shortlisted for design prize

Year 10 students at Hans Price Academy entered the Design Ventura challenge

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 19, 2018 | Events

A team of Year 10 students from Hans Price Academy were shortlisted for the prestigious Design Ventura challenge. Adam Karas, Jakub Trybull, Brandon Truman, and Luke Hashem (Pictured) entered a fun attachment for holding your toast on the side of a plate to make more space and keep it from getting soggy! Unfortunately, Josh Pitt the fifth member of the team could not attend the event.

In total, 10 school teams from across the nation were shortlisted for the eighth annual Design Ventura challenge who pitched their product concepts to a panel of design and business professionals at the Design Museum in Kensington. Over 61,700 young people aged 13 to 16 have participated in Design Ventura since 2010, run by the Design Museum in partnership with Deutsche Bank's youth engagement programme, Born to Be, to develop students’ design, enterprise and employability skills.

Anna Bullus, Designer and Founder of Gumdrop, set the brief for this year’s Design Ventura. School students were challenged to create a well-designed product that improves everyday life, to be sold in the Design Museum shop for around £10. Teams of four to six students were asked to research the needs of one of three target audiences; adult design enthusiasts, young people and students, or families. Students had to consider: how their product would complement others on sale in the museum shop; sustainability; ease of manufacturing process; and budget.

The winning team, to be announced in February 2018, will see its product concept developed and sold in the Museum’s shop and online with profits going to the school’s chosen charity. Students receive mentoring from designers, retail experts and from Deutsche Bank employees on essential business and enterprise skills. The work of all the shortlisted teams will be showcased at the Museum.

“Design isn’t a subject to be boxed into a small part of a school day. Design lets us interrogate our world and solve problems. But, that’s not enough.” says Anna. “Researching what happened to waste chewing gum gave me the idea for Gumdrops but I have had to develop business and marketing skills too. The strength of Design Ventura is to turn blue sky thinking into a sustainable reality.”

Mike Jay, Design and Technology teacher at Hans Price Academy, said, “I am absolutely thrilled for the students. They have worked extremely well as a team from early conception of the product, to final design and build. To make the shortlist is an amazing achievement, we all wish them good luck, who knows they might even win the competition.”

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