Bro Pedr Design and Technology as Innovative as Ever


Following on from last year’s successes at the WJEC Innovation Awards, a record seven students from Ysgol Bro Pedr were invited by the WJEC to exhibit their exemplar D&T work at this year’s prestigious event held in the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff. Ysgol Bro Pedr’s students accounted for more than 10% of the exhibition which represents the ‘Best of the Best’ GCSE, AS and A level Design and Technology work from all over Wales.
Mr Griffiths, the head of the Design and Technology Department, commented, “We are very pleased that the department continues to go from strength to strength, we have a strong team of staff and pupils who regularly bring credit to the department and the school. 70% of our D&T pupils achieved an A* or A grade at GCSE”.
Those exhibiting at GCSE level were Twm Ebsworth and his ‘Blue tooth’ integrated lectern, Daniel Thomas’s adaptable ergonomic lectern and Liam Morgan’s Stylish portable Lectern with amplified circuit and 3D printed components.
Our representative at AS level was Iwan Evans for his light stick for people with disabilities. Iwan had identified early in his research that certain people with disabilities felt alienated because the public could not recognize or relate to what their disability was. He developed a light system built into a multi-faceted walking stick that could over-come this by helping the public recognize the disability while also doubling up as a safety device for walking at night.
The remaining three candidates were Betsan Jones, Sarah Thomas and Gareth Jones all exhibiting their exemplar A level work. Betsan and Sarah’s high quality dresses and accessories were inspired by various decades in design. Betsan’s classic dress was inspired by the 50’s while Sarah’s funky reversible dress was inspired by the ‘70’s. Both had innovative accessories, Betsan’s 3D printed clutch bag was a must for any fashion aficionado, while Sara’s superbly crafted platform shoes with 3D printed heels were a step above all other work presented. Gareth had created a wheelchair with a kinetic energy recovery system, inspired by F1 racing cars. His system allows the user to charge the many electronic devices needed to stay connected in this modern day and age, without the constant need for looking for somewhere to ‘plug in’.
In order to inspire the next generation of designers the department arranged a visit to the exhibition which 59 pupils attended and were highly impressed by the high standard of work on show. As part of the visit, the pupils also visited the IKEA store which is well known for its innovative work in flat pack furniture and modern design.

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