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Chingford students make it into design competition final

Five talented Year Ten students at Heathcote School are in with the chance of having their flat-packed revision organiser go on sale at the Design Museum’s shop

The Heathcote School students holding their nominated ‘Study Buddy’ revision organiser, Credit: Heathcote School

Five creative Year Ten students at Heathcote School in Chingford have made it into the final of a design competition.

The Design Museum and Deutsche Bank’s national design and enterprise challenge for secondary schools aims to address gaps in the current Design & Technology curriculum, giving students an opportunity to respond to a real-world brief.

The Heathcote School’s final-ten entry is The Study Buddy, a six-piece, flat-packed, build-it-yourself revision organiser made out of recycled plastic.

The shape and structure of the Study Buddy – which incorporates a trapezoid –  take inspiration from architectural influences: the Leadenhall building in London by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners, as well as from bauhaus influences in the lettering design of the logo.

The object has a clear function, is easy to store and it can be used when pupils are doing research activities. It also comes in different colour options. The students also designed it so it was easy to display in the Design Museum shop.


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The theme for this year’s competition was ‘community and colour’. The winner is announced on 25th April and the winning team’s product will be manufactured into a product visitors to the museum can buy. 

The ‘Study Buddy’, Credit: Heathcote School

Speaking about the competition, Tony Ryan, chief executive officer of the Design & Technology Association said: “Design Ventura has established itself as one of the leading external competitions of its type in the sector, and we know it is highly valued by design and technology teachers nationally.

Competitions such as this add real-life context to learning as well as helping students, their parents and industry to see the value of a high-quality design and technology curriculum. The D&T Association is fully supportive of this initiative, and I look forward to seeing the winning entries later this year.”

The 2023-24 Design Ventura competition winners will be revealed at a celebration event in April. 

A two-month display of shortlisted and winning entries at the Design Museum will follow and the product that takes the top spot will be sold in the Design Museum Shop.


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