Alu D&T Challenge – Could your students be our 2017 winners?
The Alu D&T Challenge includes a design competition, giving students the opportunity to develop their creative skills and technical knowledge as they tackle challenges faced by designers in industry today. They can submit their designs for a chance to have their ideas judged by a panel of industry experts – and win some great prizes for themselves and their school.
There are three briefs to choose from, each focusing on a different use of aluminium. Each will help build key skills throughout the design and technology curriculum, however the focus of each challenge can make them particularly suitable for exploring and developing certain interests or design techniques.
- An accessible vehicle for the future:
- Great for engaging vocational learners interested in mechanical engineering and the automotive industry
- A garden building for a creative home worker:
- Great for exploring architectural ideas and graphics techniques
- A new way to use aluminium in packaging:
- Great for exploring graphics and computer aided design
Each challenge also provides an opportunity for students to practice hands-on modelling techniques.
Enter your students’ designs in our competition and they could be winners in our national competition!
Win great prizes!
Up to 12 designs in each category will be shortlisted to be judged by our panel of industry experts.
The best designs in each category will win state-of-the-art robotics modeling and programming kits for the school plus a cash prize for the students (details below).
A ‘Grand Prize’ will also be awarded in this years competition to the entry (by an individual or team) which is judged to be the most outstanding across the three categories. The prize, sponsored by Novelis, includes a two day, all-expenses paid trip to Italy to visit two of their state-of-the-art production facilities on the outskirts of Milan, find out more here.
Category winner (awarded to the best design by a team or an individual): Standard Magnetic MODI Classpack and a Mini Mambo Drone for the school PLUS £100 cash for the students (cash prize will be split between team members)
Runner Up: an Expert Magnetic MODI kit and a Mini Mambo Drone for the school PLUS £75 for the students
Shortlisted finalists will receive a 3Doodler 3D pen for the school.
All finalists and winners will receive a named certificate.
All schools entering the competition will receive a certificate.
We are very grateful to Technology Supplies for donating the prizes for this year’s competition.
The Alu D&T Challenge resources are free to download from this website and include lesson plans, Curriculum Links and supporting materials, including an interactive presentation and short films hosted on our Film Hub.
The 2017 competition will be open for entries from September to December.
Winners will be notified in February 2018, and they and their teachers will be invited to a celebration event at Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham on 7th March 2018, to meet the judges and receive their prizes.
Visit our Film Hub to watch films of our previous winners and get advice from some of our industry supporters, including designers, engineers and materials scientists.