Our finalists and sponsors at the celebration event at ThinkTank science museum

Winners announced in aluminium industry’s national schools sustainable design competition – the Alu D&T Challenge

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 to inspire young designers to create sustainable products using aluminium.

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

The national schools’ competition, linked to the Design and Technology curriculum, helps engage pupils with the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium by challenging them 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.  They form part of a wider package of cross-curricular teaching resources which have been developed by the aluminium industry to support teachers of pupils aged 7 to 14.

Judging took place in two stages, reducing over 100 entries to a final shortlist of 18; the final winners were selected by a panel made up of senior figures from the aluminium industry, and specialists in engineering and architecture.

The winning entry in each of the three design challenges received a Magnetic MODI robotics kit and a Mini Mambo Drone for their school alongside £100 worth of vouchers for the pupils. Prizes were also awarded those who were shortlisted.

The grand prize of an educational visit to Milan, kindly sponsored by Novelis, was awarded to the entry deemed to be the most outstanding design across the three categories. The two-day trip for the students and their D&T teacher will include the chance to visit two Novelis manufacturing plants on the outskirts of Milan, and an opportunity to explore this fast-paced metropolis

 

The panel of judges agreed the 2017/18 winners were:

 

Vehicle of the future category:

  • Winner: Toby Davies & Archie McTeare, St Ives School.
  • Runner Up: Alicia McCarthy, Watford Grammar School for Girls.

Garden building for a creative homeworker category:

  • Winner: Finley Hawkins, St. Benedict’s Catholic High School.
  • Runner up: Chloe James & Georgia Benjamin, Pipers Corner School.

Innovative new packaging solution category:

  • Winner: Sanjita Akter, Emma Baldwin Quirk, Libby Evans, Weatherhead High School.
  • Runner up: From Portsmouth High School.

Overall grand prize winners:

  • Sanjita Akter, Emma Baldwin Quirk, Libby Evans, Weatherhead High School.

 

Speaking about the winning submissions at the prize-giving ceremony in Birmingham, Alu D&T Challenge judge and sponsor Andy Doran of Novelis said: “Meeting the winners of the competition has been a fantastic experience. The enthusiasm and talent these young people show for designing products that will benefit society and protect our environment 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 the 2017/18 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 today at our celebration event.   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.’

 

Alu D&T Challenge Main Sponsors and Partners

 Alupro

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) is a not-for-profit company which represents the leading aluminium packaging producers, reprocessors, foil converters, can makers, fillers and brand owners in the UK. Alupro acts as a voice on behalf of its members on issues of government policy and legislative development. It is working to meet the industry’s obligation to both achieve and exceed recycling rates for aluminium packaging, currently set for 70% by 2020. Alupro develops and manages campaigns on behalf of its members and partners in the aluminium, and wider metal packaging, sector. www.alupro.org.uk

ALFED

The Aluminium Federation (ALFED) is the trade body that represents the UK aluminium industry. With members spanning whole lifecycle of aluminium, it plays a key role in supporting its members’ needs. This includes providing technical and commercial services, as well as engagement in political lobbying with the UK Government and at EU level. ALFED also plays a key role in promoting aluminium as a metal for the future to a wide range of audiences, from schools and colleges to designers, engineers and manufacturers. www.alfed.org.uk

Arconic

Arconic creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power.  Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value.

 Befesa

Befesa is a leading international company that provides innovative sustainable solutions for the management and recycling of industrial residues, including aluminium residues to produce high value aluminium alloys.

Befesa manages more than 2.2 Mt of residues, returning nearly 1.3 Mt to the production of new materials through recycling. http://www.befesa.com/web/en/

Novelis
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminium rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminium. The company operates in ten countries, has approximately 11,500 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2017 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminium sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminium and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/NovelisInc and Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.

Technology Supplies Ltd

Technology Supplies is the leading Design, Technology and Engineering specialist for education worldwide. Our globally trusted services include installations, from design and consultation to commissioning and training; maintenance services for all types of educational workshops; supply of over 8,000 curricula-aligned products; and excellent aftercare support across all products and equipment.

i2r

i2r Packaging Solutions Limited manufactures a comprehensive range of wrinkle wall and smooth wall aluminium foil containers used throughout the food industry, providing high quality, lightweight, robust products, for many leading consumer brands. i2r’s experienced development team focuses on custom designed innovative tray solutions developed in conjunction with major retailers and food processors. Together with their parent company Contital S.r.L.
i2r supply the UK, Eire, Continental Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia. With the environment at the forefront of our minds, i2r produces
unique industry products that use less material achieved through intellectually protected designs.

Impression Technologies

Impression Technologies was formed in January 2013 to act as a portal between Imperial College London’s Engineering Faculty and automotive and transport manufacturers.   Its HFQ® technology has already been taken up by a number of high-end manufacturers in the automotive industry.

The company has recently moved its premises to Coventry and opened a state-of the art Production and Technology Development Centre to showcase its innovative technology and its application to production processes.

Winners announced for the Alu D&T Challenge 2017/18

 

Our warmest congratulations to the schools and students, listed below, who have been named as winners in the Alu D&T Challenge 2017/18.

Since the competition began in 2012, we have received some exceptional entries into the competition and this year the quality of work produced has exceeded our expectations yet again!

 

Over 100 entries were submitted, which were whittled down to just 18 finalists; a judging panel, including senior figures from the aluminium industry, and specialists in engineering and architecture, then had the tough job of assessing that shortlist of 18.

 

Our judges were extremely impressed by the high standard of work, creativity and the depth of knowledge that our finalists demonstrated.   They thoroughly enjoyed working through the entries and discussing each one at length before finally selecting our winners.

 

The winners received their awards today at the prize-giving ceremony at ThinkTank Science Museum in Birmingham and we will be sharing their designs on here over the next week.

 

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s competition – don’t forget to watch out for the Alu D&T Challenge 2018/19!

 

Winners of the Alu D&T Challenge 2017/18

 

Vehicle of the future category:

  • Winner: Toby Davies & Archie McTeare, St Ives School.
  • Runner Up: Alicia McCarthy, Watford Grammar School for Girls.

Garden building for a creative homeworker category

  • Winner: Finley Hawkins, St. Benedict’s Catholic High School.
  • Runner up: Chloe James & Georgia Benjamin, Pipers Corner School.

Innovative new packaging solution category:

  • Winner: Sanjita Akter, Emma Baldwin Quirk, Libby Evans, Weatherhead High School.
  • Runner up: Portsmouth High School.

Overall grand prize winners:

Sanjita Akter, Emma Baldwin Quirk, Libby Evans, Weatherhead High School.

Alu D&T Challenge announces a Grand Prize in their competition for young designers

The UK aluminium industry’s national design competition, the Alu D&T Challenge, has added a new ‘Grand Prize’ to the 2017 competition: the chance to see aluminium production at first hand, in Italy. The prize, sponsored by Novelis, will be awarded to the student, or team of students, judged to have produced the most outstanding design across the three categories.

 

The two day trip for the students and their D&T teacher will include the chance to visit two Novelis plants on the outskirts of Milan: Pieve to the south of the city has over 50 years’ experience of rolling aluminium. Bresso, located to the north, produces pre-painted aluminium and speciality finishes for architectural use.   The plant visits will provide students and their teacher with a unique insight into the global aluminium industry and the many diverse uses for aluminium.  There will also be plenty of opportunities to take in some of the wonderful sights in and around Milan, with a full day of sight-seeing included in the itinerary.

The ‘Overall winner’ prize is in addition to the existing prize structure for the Alu D&T Challenge competition.   The group and individual winner of each category will receive a Standard Magnetic MODI Classpack robotics kit, a Mini Mambo Drone alongside £100 worth of vouchers for the students.   The Runners up of each category will receive an Expert Magnetic robotic kit, a Mini Mambo Drone and £75 of vouchers for students.  And all entries that reach the shortlist will receive a 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen. In addition prizes will be awarded to runners up and finalists.

 

Alupro members Novelis who are sponsoring the Grand Prize trip to Milan have been supporting the competition since it began in 2012.  Andy Doran, Senior Manager – Sustainability and Recycling Development says:  “For Novelis the competition is a valuable opportunity to teach students about Aluminium and challenge them to think creatively about how we can use materials to reduce our impact on the environment.  I’ve been a judge of the competition since it started in 2012 and never cease to be impressed by the amazing, practical and ingenious ideas the students come up with.”

 

The competition is now in its fifth year and aims to teach pupils about the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium – an infinitely recyclable material. Young designers are encouraged to realise the contribution aluminium makes to the world we live in through learning materials which show the use of aluminium in a wide variety of applications and products; from smartphones to cars, drink cans to buildings.

 

The competition is part of a free online teaching resource which has been developed by the UK aluminium industry and its customers. The online resource contains lesson plans, design briefs, stimulus sheets and guidance for teachers, and supports the D&T curriculum for 11-14 year olds throughout the UK. This year’s competition sets challenges based on real-life briefs faced by designers, engineers and manufacturers in three categories – transport, building and packaging.  The aim is to inspire students to get creative and design a product for the future, using aluminium.

 

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges from across industry, the sponsoring organisations1 and academics.  Every school entry and finalist will be recognised with a D&T Challenge certificate and the winners and their teachers will be invited to a celebration and prize-giving event in March 2018 at the Thinktank Science Museum, in Birmingham.

 

The Learning Aluminium website has everything teachers need to get involved, including suggestions for using the resources in lessons or as part of a STEM Club or homework project.  There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of entries a school can submit.  Schools have all autumn term to work on their entries, which need to be submitted via the website or by post before 22nd December 2017.

 

The resources and full details of the competition are available online at www.learningaluminium.co.uk/aludtchallenge.

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Alu D&T Challenge competition winners are announced!

We would like congratulate the schools and students, listed below, who have been named as winners in the Alu D&T Challenge 2016.  

We received entries from more than 200 students, working as individuals or as part of a team.  These entries were scrutinised and shortlisted down to 30 finalists, and the winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of senior figures from the aluminium industry, and specialists in automotive engineering, packaging design and architecture.

 

Our judges were extremely impressed by the creativity shown by each finalist, and commended them all on the amount of detailed research they had conducted, especially into ensuring their designs met the 6Rs of sustainability.  There were some very ingeneous and inspiring solutions to the challenges set in the three design briefs.  They enjoyed working through the entries and discussing the merits of each one at length before finally selecting our winners.  In each category they awarded a prize to the winning team and individual design, and a runner up.  Winners will receive a 3D printer for their school, plus vouchers for the students.

 

The winners will receive their prizes at our Celebration Event next week (8th March) at ThinkTank Science Museum in Birmingham.  We will share their winning designs here after the event.

 

Congratulations to all of our winners – and thank you to everyone who sent us an entry into this year’s competition.  We hope you enjoyed using the resources, and learned lots about aluminium.

Winners of the Alu D&T Challenge 2016:

Vehicle of the future:

  • Winner – individual: Alex Brown (Year 8) Oakham School, Leics.
  • Winner – team: Christopher Dodd, Hayden Macdonald, Evan Hoult, Alastair Tyson (Year 9) Urmston Grammar School
  • Runner Up: Thomas Lemon (Y8), St. John’s School, Northwood.

 

Garden building for a creative homeworker:

  • Winner – individual: Amy Riddlesdell (Y8), Oakham School
  • Winner –team: Melissa Gün, Eve McDonald, Harry Rapinett (Year 9), Urmston Grammar School
  • Runner up: Tobias Raphael (Y8), Crosfields School

 

Innovative new packaging solution:

  • Winner – individual: Ethan Thorne (Y9), St. Ives School
  • Winner – team: Amber Treharne, Laila Frances, Sofie Jenkins, Teagan Horsley (Y9) Ysgol Glan-y-Mor
  • Runner up: Nick Wood (Y9) , St Ives School

Reaching the final of a national competition is also a great achievement, so congratulations also to the other schools who had students on the final shortlist:

  • Oxford High School GDST, Oxford
  • Sherborne Preparatory School
  • Harrold Priory Middle School
  • Alderley Edge School for Girls

 

 

Judge’s blog: “I’m Looking forward to this year’s entries!”

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Alu D&T Challenge judge, Jan Lucaszewski of ALFED

I had only just joined the Aluminium Federation – and the aluminium industry come to that – when I was invited to the Alu D&T Challenge celebration event at Thinktank last March. I was blown away by the enthusiasm and creativity of the finalists – in fact, so impressed was I with the standard of the competition that I immediately volunteered to be a judge for the 2017 Awards.  I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries, but in the meantime here are a few personal thoughts that may be useful for those taking part in the Challenge. Read more

What the judges are looking for

Adrian Tautscher of Jaguar Land Rover has been on the Alu D&T Challenge judging panel since 2013.  We asked him to share his thoughts on past competitions and offer a few helpful suggestions for students working on their designs for this year’s Challenge.

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Our D&T Challenge


In 2015 Ysgol Glan y Mor used the Alu D&T Challenge for a Year 9 STEM project.  STEM Leader Sue Quirk explains how they used the resources, and the impact it had on the students who took part. Read more

Our Grand Prize winner’s trip gives a unique insight into aluminium production

Fourteen year-old Leon Andrews won the grand prize in the 2015 Alu D&T Challenge: a visit to Germany to see aluminium production at first hand, including the world’s largest remelt and rolling mill.  In June Leon, his mum Janet and his D&T teacher Gisela Daemi Rashidi travelled from Cornwall to Dusseldorf as guests of Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products.  Alupro Marketing & Communication Manager Diana Caldwell joined them for what was a field trip with a difference.

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