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HECKMONDWIKE GRAMMAR: Design Ventura winners


HECKMONDWIKE GRAMMAR DESIGN WINNERS | A seed launcher called ‘Sow Beautiful,’ designed by a team of students from Heckmondwike Grammar School, has won Design Ventura 2020.

Design Ventura is the Design Museum’s annual design and enterprise competition for schools run in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s global youth engagement programme Born to Be.

The winning design aims to bring the ‘buzz’ back to Britain using a seed launcher to grow wildflowers and combat the decline in British wild bees.

The seven shortlisted state school teams will have their work on display at the Design Museum from until the 22nd of August, with the winning product being manufactured for sale. ‘Sow Beautiful’ will be sold in the Design Museum Shop from Autumn, with all sale proceeds going to a charity of the students’ choice - Kirkwood Hospice.

Over 270 schools participated in this year’s programme, which includes the two runners up, Parkside Community College school and Davison’s High School for Girls.

The Design Ventura programme enables students to gain real world design and enterprise skills and experience. Every year, the competition invites teams of students aged 13-16 from across the UK and internationally to design a new product to improve everyday life, which will then be sold in the Design Museum Shop. Students respond to a live brief set by a leading designer and must consider ethical, sustainable, accessible, and user-centred design principles, as well as business considerations such as budgeting and marketing, to create an innovative new product. This year’s design brief was set by artist and designer Yinka Ilori.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed for much of this academic year. Despite the significant impact to education, students worked together (often remotely) to come up with innovative designs ideas and Design Ventura 2020 saw over 15,600 students from 270 schools take part.

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications and CSR Deutsche Bank said: ‘We are always impressed with the creativity and innovation shown by young people taking part in the Design Ventura challenge and this year has been no exception. The past year has been an exceptionally challenging one for schools and we are delighted that Design Ventura continues to shine a spotlight on young talent.

Yinka Ilori, Artist and Designer and Design Ventura 2020 Brief Setter said: ‘I wish I had had a programme like Design Ventura when I was younger. I am here now but the young people behind me, they are the future of the industry, the future of design. We need to nurture that talent and support and encourage those young people. Let them know that you can make a career out of design.’

Fiona MacDonald, Head of Learning at the Design Museum said: ‘Sow Beautiful is a playful and appealing product for families that tackles the real-world problem of bee population decline. It will make a wonderful addition to the Design Museum Shop in Autumn 2021, during our Waste Age exhibition, where we will be showcasing the importance of design for a sustainable planet.’


More details about the competition can be found here.

More details about Heckmondwike Grammar school can be found here.

More local stories can be found here.

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