Heavy metal rules

Heavy metal rules

Pupils challenged to design an aluminium product for the future were celebrated at this year’s Alu D&T Challenge prizegiving at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham.

They were set tasks based on real-life briefs faced by designers, engineers and manufacturers in three categories — transport, building and packaging.

A winning individual and team was selected from each brief.

Year 7 pupil Molly Broome from Barr Beacon School, Walsall, and a team from Ysgol Glan-y-Mor in south Wales won for their transport ideas.

Year 8 pupil Ella Coulter from Alderley Edge School for Girls, Cheshire, and a team again from Ysgol Glan-y-Mor, won in the building category.

And year 9 pupil Leon Andrews from St Ives School, Cornwall, and a team from St Ives School won the packaging solution category.

Winners were awarded a desktop 3D printer for their school, plus £100 in vouchers.

Leon Andrews was also voted the judges’ favourite individual and won a trip to Germany, including a visit to Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products near Dusseldorf.