Innovation Awards 2017

The work of 7 of our Design and Technology pupils was chosen by WJEC examiners, from the entirety of D.T work made by pupils across Wales, to be included in an innovations exhibition held in the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff. The successful pupils were Alwyn Evans, Teon Rees, Nia Thomas, Manon Williams, Heledd Jones, Iwan Williams and Hari Butten.

As part of her GCSE work, Nia Thomas designed a bright cycling jacket with LED lights placed on the back, to ensure cyclists safety. Heledd Jones designed an innovative lamp by using walnut veneer. It has four legs and a very striking top with triangles. For her AS work Manon Williams designed a leather bag with a logo of the letters of her name. It has straps that light up with LED lights. Iwan Williams decided to design and make a ‘bio lamp’ that grows herbs in the kitchen. Hari Butten also decided to design a lamp, concentrating on the theme of mountainous landscape. It has patterns of mountains cut out for the lampshade with a concrete base. Teon created an innovative lamp by using low voltage LED lamps. He based his lamp on an iconic piece of architecture from the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. For his A level work, Alwyn designed multi purpose furniture that has four functions, a chair, a table, storage space and a ‘Plinth’ to exhibit interesting items. Alwyn created his work with detailed attention to batch manufacturing and his inspiration came from a chair in a Bodley Library that has an unique ergonomic characteristic.

The seven pupils had very high praise from their examiners. It was noted that they had comprehensive, innovative work of the highest standard.

54 pupils from years 11, 12 and 13 went on a trip to Cardiff to support Alwyn, Teon, Nia, Manon, Heledd, Iwan and Harri, and to see the most innovative projects being presented for A Level, AS and GCSE. There was a feast of inspiration exhibited to motivate our pupils and to maintain and improve the standards by next year. The pupils had a chance to listen to seminars presented by GCSE and A Level senior examiners and get some pointers on how to make innovative work.

In the afternoon we visited Cardiff IKEA, where the pupils had a chance to look at the range of designs from Sweden and the ‘flat pack’ construction, learning about ‘knock down’ joints that can be put together and taken apart easily. Some pupils and staff even enjoyed some ‘retail therapy’ where others enjoyed more of the meat balls in the restaurant.

It was truly a pleasure to hear the WJEC officials and the IKEA staff praising the pupils’ behaviour.

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