The Alu D&T Challenge, a national competition for 11 to 14 year olds, has named ten students from around the UK as winners

Funded by the aluminium industry to inspire young designers to create sustainable products using aluminium, a celebration event for the Alu D&T Challenge was held at Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum on 7th March.

Ten students from schools around the UK have been named as winners in the Alu D&T Challenge, a national competition for 11 to 14 year olds. Funded by the aluminium industry, the competition inspires inspire young designers to create sustainable products using aluminium.

Students and teachers travelled to Birmingham (7th March) to receive their prizes and meet the sponsors at a celebration event at Thinktank Science Museum.

The grand prize – an educational visit to Milan – was awarded to the entry deemed to be the most outstanding design across the three categories.

In each of the thee design challenges, individual winning entries received a Magnetic MODI robotics kit and a Mini Mambo Drone for their school, alongside £100 worth of vouchers for the students. Prizes were also awarded to those who were shortlisted.

The Alu D&T Challenge is linked to the Design & Technology curriculum, helping to engage students with the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium. Students are challenged to design a sustainable product for the future using aluminium.

The design challenges are based on real-life briefs faced by designers, engineers and manufacturers in three categories: transport, building and packaging.

Alu D&T judge Andy Doran of Novelis said after the prize-giving ceremony:

“Meeting the winners of the competition has been a fantastic experience.  The enthusiasm and talent these young people show for designing products is so uplifting.  Between them, the winners demonstrated some really progressive ideas about designing sustainable products using aluminium, and I hope we have inspired some future engineers, designers and materials scientists who will make a difference to industry in the future.”

Alupro’s executive director Rick Hindley said:

“Since we launched the Alu D&T Challenge back in 2012, we have held four national competitions and have received over 1600 competition entries from nearly 200 schools.   The entries into this year’s competition are some of the highest standard we have seen so far and it has been a pleasure to meet some of these talented young designers. I would like to thank the Alu D&T Challenge sponsors and partners, who provide funding and commit their time and expertise to making the Challenge a success.”

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