The Alu D&T Challenge has been created to inform and enthuse young people about aluminium and the valuable contribution it can make towards a more sustainable way of life. The resources are designed for students aged 11-14, but can also provide useful skills-building exercises for older students to support further study.
The resources focus on creating sustainable designs using aluminium, and include an opportunity for students to enter a national competition where their ideas can be judged by experts from industry.
The Challenge has been developed by the UK Aluminium industry, supported by industry experts. At every stage of their development they have been tested with, and by, teachers.
We have created three design challenges, each focusing on different uses of aluminium:
An accessible vehicle for the future – focusing on aluminium in transport
A garden building for a creative home worker – focusing on aluminium in construction
A new way to use aluminium in packaging – focusing on aluminium in packaging
The challenges are a great way to help students’ design and technical knowledge, allowing them to get creative and put their design skills to work.
During the autumn term students’ designs can be entered in our competition for a chance to win great prizes for themselves and their school. Designs are judged by a panel of industry experts, and winners are invited to attend a celebration event at Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham in the spring term.
Running the Challenge in your school
The resources are designed to be flexible and easy to use. They can be delivered through lessons, or as part of an extracurricular activity such as a STEM Club. Interactive resources, including a PowerPoint presentation and videos, can be used to provide an introduction and additional information. The following steps outline the process: