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Silverstone Innovation Centre Design Challenge

by Alison Norris, London 2010 Exhibitions & Festival Officer 

Last Thursday was the final of the Silverstone Innovation Centre Design Challenge, and I travelled up to Silverstone to take part in the judging for the day.

The racing circuit at Silverstone

The racing circuit at Silverstone

The BPMA became involved in the Challenge as this was the first year of the Stamp It Challenge. Primary school children (Key stage 2) were asked to design a stamp on the theme of travel. The winners were Joseph Brownlow and Harry Chinnock from Cawthorne Primary. We chose their design for their innovative and creative take on the theme. You can see their design, and explanation, in the images below.

The winning design of the Stamp It challenge

The winning design of the Stamp It challenge

The winning designers' explanation of the design

The winning designers' explanation of the design

Alison Norris with Stamp It winners Joseph Brownlow and Harry Chinnock from Cawthorne Primary

Alison Norris with Stamp It winners Joseph Brownlow and Harry Chinnock from Cawthorne Primary

Here are some examples of designs by runners–up.

Other designs submitted by students

Other designs submitted by students

The overall purpose of the Challenge is to encourage students to expand on the skills they learn in school, and take them to the workforce.

While Stamp It was aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, the other Challenges were aimed at older groups. Key Stage 3 and 4 students submitted proposals under themes such as ‘What Ya Call It’ where they were required to design a new object, ‘Engineering Excellence’ asked them to create a new tourist attraction, and ‘Promo Puzzle’ challenged students to come up with an innovative marketing campaign for the 60th anniversary of Drayton Manor Park.

Stands created by students from Key Stages 3 and 4

Stands created by students from Key Stages 3 and 4

Following the first pre-judging earlier in the year, selected students came to the Final last Thursday. They presented their reworked proposals to the judges in a Dragon’s Den style day! We Dragons then had to score each presentation, and overall winners were presented with their prizes in an awards ceremony at the end of the day.

The trophies

The trophies

The day was an exciting one to be involved in, and I was constantly surprised by the quality of projects and ideas that the students had come up with. Hopefully next year will be even better!

Find out more about the Silverstone Design Challenge on their website.

Stamp it! A stamp design competition for schools

British Motorcars, part of the British Technology stamp issue of 1966

British Motorcars, part of the British Technology stamp issue of 1966

The Silverstone Design Challenge is run every year at the Silverstone Innovation Centre, part of the famous Silverstone race circuit – the home of British motorsport. The Design Challenge is run in collaboration with Darren Giles of the National School TC College in Nottinghamshire, and is a national schools competition that focuses on the subject of Design Technology with a real world link.

This year they’ve added a new challenge for younger children – Stamp It! This challenge is for KS2 pupils working in teams of 1-4 to design a brand new stamp on the theme of journeys and travel.

A stamp depicting the original Bath mail coach of 1784, released 1984

An earlier way of making journeys: Keith Bassford's stamp depicting the original Bath mail coach of 1784, released in 1984

The deadline for registering entries was in January, so applicants are now busily working on their designs. The guidelines state that the images included on the design are up to the applicant, but they must remember to leave room for the Queen’s head.

Judges will be looking for how well the idea fits the theme; so the entrants don’t have to be a brilliant artist to become the winner.

A stamp depicting the first flight of Concorde, 1966

The ultimate way to fly? A stamp depicting the first flight of Concorde, 1966, designed by David Gentleman

The best 10 entries received by the prejudging date of 23rd April will get through to the finals day at Silverstone where the work will be displayed for the judges to see. The overall winner will have the opportunity to work on their design and produce some limited edition products with their design on them.

The BPMA will be providing a prize for Stamp It! winners, and will also be taking part in the judging on 13th July at Silverstone.

For more information about Stamp It! see the Silverstone Design Challenge website.