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Design Competition

Nottinghamshire’s Young Design & Technology Product Designer 2017

Background

The Making it Industrial Heritage Trust Limited was set up in 1986 to enhance education in the discipline of Design & Technology through the management of The Making it! Discovery Centre based in Mansfield. The Discovery Centre opened in 2002 and had many accolades for its impact on primary school children. After 13 years, the Trustees made a decision to close the visitor centre due to falling numbers and the increasing cost of refurbishing a very tired visitor centre.

Since closure in 2015, the Trustees have been looking at other ways to channel its efforts and money to continue the good work in design & technology and education. They have been working very closely with local schools to look at different ways to enthuse youngsters to explore D&T as a career and one of the agreed projects is to launch a Product Design Award for 14-19 yr olds.

Initially, the competition will run in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire and following a successful pilot, will be rolled out to other counties.

The Process

At this time of year, youngsters are turning their thoughts to GCSE’s and A Levels and looking to develop their ideas for D&T. We hope to encourage pupils who have an innovative proposal for the “design and make” element of their respective course and may not have the confidence or the skills to take their ideas further. In most cases, schools do not have the time or resources to support a student through the process and often the idea is diluted in order to meet exam criteria and is regarded as an academic exercise and a means of obtaining a level of qualification. We are keen to attract these youngsters to apply to the Trust for funds to bring their ideas to fruition and help them get the best marks possible for their exams.

Click on this link to download an application form  Design Competition entry Form

This should be completed and sent back to the Charity by 31 March 2017 following which a panel of judges will assess each individual application and invite the best to come along to meet our Design & Technology Consultant to further explore the idea and a select number of promising designers will go on to be awarded the first level prize.

There will be two levels of prizes:-

Firstly the selected promising designers will be given advice and mentoring, funding for materials and have access to resources which would not normally be available at school. This would enable them to develop a prototype for the exams and also showcase their prototype for the overall “Design Award”, and

Secondly, there will be a prize for the best design idea which will allow the pupil an all expenses paid visit to a well-respected organisation which will advise the winner on ways forward with the project.

Partners

The charity will be looking for partners from the design, printing, engineering and general fabrication industries to work alongside the Trust and its young designers to help bring the ideas to fruition.For further information, please contact Sue Walters, Chief Executive, The making it Industrial Heritage Trust Limited, Chadburn House, Weighbridge Road, Mansfield, NG18 1AH.

For further information, please contact Sue Walters, Chief Executive, The making it Industrial Heritage Trust Limited, Chadburn House, Weighbridge Road, Mansfield, NG18 1AH.
Tel: 07803697183
E: sue@makingit.org.uk

 

Competition Entry Form