Kieran's design success at Birmingham Made Me 2014
A resounding success from our design entrants in a University competition
Year 9 student, Kieran Thomas, had his outstanding design skills recognised at the Birmingham City University’s Birmingham Made Me Awards evening at Millenium Point this month.
Kieran, a finalist, and his peers who had also entered the competition, Mrs Hunter, Head of DT and Mrs Turner attended the evening and met with other schools and special guests and VIPs to celebrate their achievements.
Students from years 8,9 and 10 have been actively engaged in the Programme that aimed to deliver design challenges and engage business experts to highlight where design and innovation are making ‘all the difference’ in terms of our ability to compete internationally. As part of the Programme, students attended a number of events meeting design experts and regional employers at the University’s Millenium Point campus in Birmingham. They have the opportunity to visit employer organisations and discover how design plays a key role in their businesses success and entered the design competition. In addition to this Programme has given us the opportunity to explore a programme of employer engagement with the highly successful UK business woman, Anglea Maxwell.
The competition involved designing products for the future around the themes of Live, Play and Move, focussing on sustainability and well-being. Kieran’s design won a Highly Commended Award for his innovative pressure pad invention that captures energy from movement in the home and converts this into power for household appliances.
Mrs Turner, Director of Communications said” We are very proud of Kieran achievements and all our entrants work. As the only school from the Dudley region on the Programme and to have reached this stage in our first year, we have exceeded all expectations. This is one of many projects that enrich our curriculum and learning at Pedmore and give our students the opportunity to meet experts and employers in a vast range of occupational sectors. Our students are encouraged to think about the future from Year 7 onwards and by working in partnership with Further and Higher Educational providers and employers we can ensure this happens. The students have learnt a lot from the involvement in this project and take this with them as they plan for their future careers”