Seventeen pupils take top accolades in aluminium design challenge

Seventeen pupils take top accolades in aluminium design challenge

Seventeen pupils from schools across the UK have taken home top accolades in Alu D&T Challenge, a national competition challenging youngsters to create sustainable products using aluminium.

The challenge was developed by the aluminium industry to give pupils design challenges in categories such as transport, building and packaging.

This year’s fields included vehicle of the future, garden building for a creative homeworker and new packaging.

Open to 11 to 14-year-olds, the challenge attracted more than 200 entries, with the final 17 chosen by specialists from the aluminium industry, engineering and architecture.

The winners each took home £100 in vouchers, as well as a 3D printer for their school. Prizes were also awarded to runners-up and finalists in each category.

Judge and sponsor Nigel Gibbon of Hydro Aluminium, said: “The enthusiasm and talent these young people show for designing products that will benefit society and protect our environment is so uplifting.

“I hope we have inspired some future engineers, designers and materials scientists who will make a difference to industry in the future.”