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Sponne students shine at Rotary’s Young Designer Competition District Final 2016

Cody Rickard

Cody Rickard and his Portable gaming console – GCSE 2nd prize

The Rotary Club of Towcester is delighted to announce that both Sponne students came second in the prize giving at the Rotary District 1070 Young Designer Competition 2016 final, which was held at DeMontfort University on Saturday June 18th.

In the GCSE category, Cody Rickard won second prize with his arcade portable gaming console – aptly named by the judges as the ultimate man cave accessory! With over 35 finalists from many different schools, and ideas and technical abilities of the highest standard, it is a testament to Cody’s technical abilities and hard work that he was awarded this prize.

For the A-level competitors, Brina Johnson from Sponne also won second prize with her fabulous and fun indoor tortoise home. Brina’s inspiration for this came from developing a home for her own tortoise and again, against an amazing level of competition, Brina’s prize is an acknowledgement of the thought, creativity and commercial viability that she gave to this project.

Brina Johnson

Brina Johnson and her Indoor Tortoise Home A level 2nd prize

The other schools involved were:

Leicester High school for girls, Sir Jonathan North Community College, Ashby School, Leicester Grammar School, Uppingham Community College, Beauchamp College, Lutterworth College, Melton Vale post 16 centre, Bishops Stopford School.

Open to all schools and colleges within the Rotary 1070 District, the competition is based around the design coursework curriculum for GCSE and A/S level student projects in Textiles, Resistant Materials (wood, metal, plastic), graphics and electronics.


As always the standard of creativity, technical excellence and the production of prototypes was outstanding and Sponne School should feel very proud to have produced 2 prize winners!

The basis for scoring the competition


Is the product different? Is it new or a good improvement of an existing design? (30 Points)

  1. Meeting a need

Is there a real need for the product or was it designed for the sake of designing? (20 Points)

  1. Design of the Product

Is it a good design? Is it pleasing to the eye? Is it easy to use? (30 Points)

  1. Explanation of the Product

How well is the work that the student has done on the product explained? (20 Points)

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