A Level and GCSE students from Sponne school presented their creations to the Rotary judges last week for the local heat of the Rotary Young Designer Competition 2017.
As always there was a range of highly creative and original ideas which the judges had to grade on technical merit, commercial viability, research, cost structure and ease of manufacture as well as the overall finish of the prototype presented.
The Rotary Young Designer competition integrates itself into the normal school curriculum that the students follow for A level and GCSE and it allows them to showcase their creations and receive constructive feedback on all areas of their design.
This year’s entrants were:
Shaun McMillan – who designed a storage unit
Isabelle O’Dell – who created an educational and interactive table
Chloe Howkins – who designed a storage unit
India Leask – who designed a dog feeding station with built in storage space
Christopher Jones – who designed a coffee table with an in-built light
A level students:
Bethany Loosley – who designed a storage unit to hold make-up
Liam Thompson – who designed a portable instrument stand
Kit Thurman – who designed wall-mounted cat furniture
Brina Johnson – who designed an indoor sustainable plant feeding station for schools
Beanna Field – who designed a water-proof personalised instrument case
Freya Robinson – who designed a multi-functional table.
The judges this year were Bob Snedker, Dave Shield, Robert Davey and Roy Bricknell.
The first stage of judging produced 4 finalists who were:
Brina Johnson and Kit Thurman for A levels and India Leask and Chloe Howkins for GCSE.
After much consideration and discussion with each student to understand why and how they came up with their design and how they could build in any improvements the judges finally awarded first prizes to:
India Leask – GCSE for her dog feeding station. The idea behind this is to keep the dog water and food off the floor, bring the food up to a more convenient level for a dog to eat from -and to provide some storage space for treats and food. The prototype presented was finished to a very high level and was aesthetically very pleasing to the eye. It could also be very easily adapted to various different heights for various breeds so confirming a good commercial product.
Kit Thurman – A level – for her wall-mounted cat furniture. The driving force behind this design by Kit was the need to create a space for a cat which could be “dog free” – ie to create an area where a cat could go and play and dogs would not be able to gain access. The furniture consists of walk ways – play areas – a sleeping area as well as a feeding area. Being wall-mounted – it could be placed in any room and at any height for the convenience of the consumer. In addition – each area was an independent “station” and so the whole thing could in fact be sold in small kits – so each consumer could construct their own personalised cat furniture play area.
Both Kit and India will now be entered into the District final of the Young Designed competition which will take place at De Montfort University in Loughborough on Saturday June 17th. The winner of the district final will get 12 months mentoring from De Montfort University and the opportunity to take their creation to market.
Says Rtn. Roy Brickenll who organises the Young Designer competitor for the Rotary Club of Towcester, ” We are delighted with this year’s winners and we wish both Kit and India much success in the District Finals”.