Four students from The Spires College took part in the finals of the MADE (Manufacturing Activities Designed to Engage) Manufacturing Challenge at the English Riveria Centre recently.
Year 8 students Jasmine Lee, Daisy Darling, Maddison Stick and Jodie Clarke took along the clock they produced as part of the project.
Several schools in Torbay took part in the challenge. Each school had a local manufacturing business acting as their mentor and supporting them along the way.
“Our partner was Dart Valley Systems (DVS),” said Geoff Evans, Deputy Head of Creative Arts and Technologies. “Craig Holmes, the senior designer at DVS, has been visiting the college over the last academic year discussing his company’s products and then introducing the students to the MADE Engineering Challenge design brief. This was to design and make an acrylic cut clock that could be used as a promotional corporate gift.”
Students worked in groups of three or four and researched DVS products, sketched ideas, modelled their chosen idea, and drew the developed idea using 2D Design. The students cut the 2D Design using the laser cutter, glued the parts together, then fitted the clock mechanism and hands.
Craig judged the finished clocks and chose the clock produced by Jasmine, Daisy, Maddison and Jodie as the winning design to be entered into the final.
“Working with the students was very enriching for us as a company because taps and toilets became fun,” said Craig Holmes of DVS. “The students engaged with the project really well and produced some excellent work. This makes the process worth it. They saw that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects were not a barrier and something they could engage comfortably with when put in an accessible way and also into a different context.”
The four students presented their design to a panel of three judges at the recent finals. Their presentation included a PowerPoint and a discussion about their design with the judges.
“The judges were very impressed with how professionally the girls presented their work, although they didn’t win overall.” said Geoff Evans. “They were awarded with certificates to acknowledge their contribution to the event and the college is very proud of them.”
From left to right: Geoff Evans (Deputy Head of Creative Arts and Technologies), Daisy Darling, Jasmine Lee, Jodie Clarke, Craig Holmes (Dart Valley Systems) and Maddison Stick.