Teacher Resources for the 2018 Competition

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L Ella Robinson stitched wood

Notes and resources for teachers

This page is designed for teachers and suggests ideas on how the competition might be used as part of the curriculum. 

Look at the resources for students page as this also has lots of additional resources that might be useful for teachers. 

Inspiration for the competition

The competition is inspired by the trend for the products to be sold in a tin. Examples of this are the socks sold in a tin on the www.jolliegood.com website as well as the gifts in a tin on the www.applestopears.com (although note these tins have kits in them rather than finished products). The tin is part of the product and adds to its aesthetics and overall appeal. 

Student learning activities might include: 

  • Research the websites listed above to find out more about the products
  • Collecting photos of products sold in tins. This could be extended to include products sold in fabric bags or specialist packaging. 
  • Product analysis activities on a product sold in a tin
  • What is the purpose of the tin? What is the added value to the consumer?

Click on the image on the right to see a #ThinkDo activity on the product that has inspired the competition

How might you use the competition?

The competition is designed to fit into the KS3 D&T curriculum, particularly the focus on users and functional products with a purpose.  This fits in well with the broader knowledge of materials required for the new KS3 and KS4 curriculum. The activity might also be used as a short activity for years 10 and 11.

Teachers might use the competition in a number of ways:

  • A whole class module of work where students go through the design process e.g. researching users, developing ideas, prototyping and testing ideas, making and evaluating their product. Note the aim would be for all students to have a different outcome based on their own design development.
  • A  homework - some schools have used the competition as a homework over several weeks.
  • An activity for gifted and talented students e.g. as an extension activity, as part of a G&T club
  • As an after school club or enterprise/activity day
  • As a revision activity for GCSE 
  • There are a range of #ThinkDo activity cards on the student resources page that teachers might be able to use as lesson starters and plenaries
  • Students could enter a piece of work from a current scheme of learning as long as it meets the competition criteria. 
  • Students can also do all of the work independently and just get the teacher to sign their entry. The school still wins the main prize if the student wins even if the product was not completed in school. 
  • Teachers could run their own internal competition with the winners and runners up being sent off to the main competition. This means that students work will be recognised internally even if they are not a winner or runner up in the main competition. Boys in particular respond well to competitions and this approach will also reduce postage costs for the school. If you run an internal competition, or run the competition as a project with several classes, please indicate this on the entry form as this is one of the criteria for the Outstanding School award. 
  • These resources could be used as a module of work without entering the competition at all. This might particularly be the case where teachers use one of the resources or projects exactly as they are without adapting them. 

Resources to support you

The section below has some project ideas you might be able to use for inspiration and there are a lot of other resources teachers might find useful on the student resources page. These include resources on the different elements of the competition brief e.g. users, functional products, users and materials. There are also several #ThinkDo cards that can be downloaded. 


Look at the resources for students page for more resources 

Projects to get you started

These links to projects are for inspiration and students should not just copy them. Students entering the competition are unlikely to win with products that are the same as something on the website. 

  • 3D printed light project uses ABS plastic as well a a non woven textiles material all of which are stitched together using hand sewing. 
3D printed light
  • Keyring project using fluorescent and reflective textiles with a metal keyring and clip
Bright Spark Keyring

Remember students must only use these project ideas as the starting point for their own ideas. Entries that are copied are unlikely to win.

Extend the Learning Further 

  • Although the tin is not part of students’ competition entry teachers could get students to develop the packaging design for the tin as part of the project in school. 
  • Activities could also be done to introduce maths by looking at the volume of the tin and comparing this to other shapes of tin.
  • Students could investigate the hyperbolic paraboloid shape of the Pringles and how this shape is used in architecture. Take a look at this article as a starting point. 
  • Students could consider the environmental impact of the Pringles packaging, particularly as it uses a number of different materials making it hard to recycle. Take a look at this article and video as a starting point. 

Tips to teachers 

  • It might be useful to download the second page of the application form for students to use when designing their product as this will help them stay focused on some of the key criteria.
  • This checklist might also be useful to use with students to help them review whether their entry meets the competition criteria
  • Students should not all submit identical or very similar products.
  • Students should use the resources on the website as the starting point for their ideas - students that copy ideas are unlikely to win the competition. 
  • It is recommended teachers take their own photos of any work that is entered into the competition as the work can’t be returned. Teachers must make sure students understand thatwork can’t be returned. 
  • The product can be an art based item as long as it meets the criteria in the brief set out on the competition page
  • It is important students complete the application form correctly so that email addresses and names can easily be identified. The importance of the information on the user, product function and materials should be stressed as these are often the deciding factor when choosing between similar entries. 
  • Look at the resources for students page as this also has lots of information and resources that might be useful for teachers. 

Entries from outside the UK

The competition is open to UK mainland entrants only. Entries outside the UK mainland  are accepted but these won’t be entered into the official competition and they can’t win any of the prizes. If any outstanding entries from outside of the UK mainland are received they will be acknowledged by being featured on the website as a separate part of the competition. 

Visit the resources for students page for more resources

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