A promotional prototype conceived by a group of Year 8 students from Brixham College for Westaway Sausages as part of an interschool challenge, has been judged an award winning banger of an idea after it was pitted against the best in the Bay to come out top and win the Manufacturing Activities Designed to Engage (MADE) competition.
Over the last six months, the team of Brixham College students have been clocking in the hours after school to create a ‘production ready’ marketing tool for their Industry partner Westaway Sausages which successfully met an environmental and sustainable design brief. Using their creativity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and project management skills, their ‘Pigs and Farmers’ idea was born. Based on the Noughts and Crosses game, they built their prototype from recycled plastic sheets created by melting down their school’s disused chairs into sheet plastic using the school’s specialist equipment. Their idea was brought to life with help from Design and Technology teacher Harriett Latham who together with industry mentor Jonathan Taylor, general manager at Westaway Sausages, kept them on point and to task with his invaluable insight, advice and guidance.
Organised by the Torbay Development Agency, the first year pilot of the Torbay MADE project was designed to engage, inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers whilst promoting the Torbay and South Devon manufacturing Industry. It culminated at TechBay 2016 during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week where teams from a host of Grammar and Comprehensive schools across Torbay and South Devon pitched their promotional prototypes to a panel of judges.
The winning Brixham College team who MADE it were Isaac Cogger, Martha Bedford, Layla Askew, Khaya Crocker Oliver Bright and George Bowles. They were each awarded a £15 Amazon voucher and won a set of ten Virtual Reality headsets for their school.
“These hands on, real life projects are a great way for young people to gain an insight into the workplace whilst building the skills which employers really want and value. We were really proud of how the students threw themselves into the whole process, pitched their ideas and worked as a group to find a solution which successfully met the brief,” says Graeme Hardman, faculty leader of Creative Media at Brixham College.
‘It was great to be partnered with Brixham College students who used a mix of creativity, grit and determination to design and engineer a clever prototype which hit our brief!” says Jonathan Taylor, general manager, Westaway Sausages. “They came up with lots of good ideas, were eager to learn, listened to feedback and pushed themselves forward to create a game that could engage customers and successfully promote our award winning sausages,” he adds.Follow