A group of students from Parkside Community College have taken second place in a national competition run by London’s Design Museum.
Design Ventura 2020, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, is run by the museum annually to celebrate and encourage creativity in design. It is open to young people across the UK and internationally and, this year, invited teams to design a sustainable product that can improve everyday life – with the winning idea going on to be sold in the Design Museum Shop.
Four Year 9 girls from Parkside – Anjali, Esther, Emily and Agnes – tried their chances this year with an innovative design for a gadget to help children learn to tie their shoelaces. Named Shoe Button, the tool made use of sustainable design methods and simple manufacturing processes and was praised by judges for being “clever” and “well researched”.
The team beat over 15,000 other young applicants to reach the final of the competition, which was held in London at the Design Museum on Friday 11 June. The event was also streamed ‘live’ so that friends, family and the rest of students’ schools could watch along with them.
As part of the awards ceremony, the Parkside students received further praise from the judges before finding out that they had taken second place overall. They were presented with a special plaque to commemorate the occasion, as well as a goody bag, and Shoe Button will now go on to be exhibited alongside the other finalists in the Design Museum.
During the day, the group also got to experience a private viewing of the Design Museum’s top current exhibition – Sneakers Unboxed – as well as seeing their own design on display in the entrance of the museum, where it will remain until August.
Anjali said of the final:
“We are very happy with how far we have come and it was amazing to see it all come together. We have taken a lot from the experience!”
On the day’s experience, Esther added:
“It was a really exciting trip that was very inspiring, visiting the exhibitions and having our work displayed alongside them.”
Miss Lazenby, Joint Head of the Create Department at Parkside Community College, who accompanied the girls to London for the final event, said:
“It was such a worthwhile experience that we would definitely want to repeat next year. The students worked through a full process from design to pitching, so to come second and have their work recognised by the judges was a really special moment.”
Craig Morrison, Executive Principal of Parkside Community College, said:
“We are delighted that our students not only reached the competitive national final – a feat in itself – but were awarded second place out of so many entries. It is particularly exciting that they were able to see their design go on display at the Design Museum in person alongside the current exhibitions. I hope that this is the sort of experience that will stick with the students for many years to come and one of which they should be extremely proud.”