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OUR PRODUCT IN A TIN COMPETITION IS NO LONGER RUNNING. INFORMATION IS PROVIDED HERE FOR TEACHERS TO USE AS A MODULE OF WORK OR AS A COMPETITION WITHIN THEIR OWN SCHOOL

This page is provides resources to support and inspire students. It also has ideas for teachers on how this activity might be used as part of the curriculum. 

Product in a tin template

Grab yourself a snack sized Pringle tin and let’s get started! You could use this template if you don’t have a tin. 


Who might the user be for the product?

The design brief says your product must have user and you have to write about this person on the application form. 

A user is the person who will use the product you have made. When designing you will have to think about the things they like as well as what their needs are. You will have to think about how these things will influence the design of the product, the materials used, and things like colour choices. 

Examples of users might be:

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  • A person from a particular age group e.g. child, grandparent
  • An animal or its owner
  • Sports person e.g. swimmer, runner, footballer
  • Someone at work e.g. bus driver, fire fighter, paramedic, policeman, shop assistant
  • Someone doing their hobby e.g. musician, photographer
  • Someone going to an event e.g. traveller, holiday maker, festival goer
  • Think of a more unusual user e.g. an alien, a circus act, a zoo keeper, a superhero
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Tip: Lots of students design for teenagers or young children. Can you think of a more unusual user that will make your product stand out from the crowd? What about designing something for a fire fighter or an astronaut?

Why not focus on a user and user needs linked to the United Nations 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development? This might help your work stand out from the crowd and it will encourage you to think differently.  Find out more about the 17 Global Goals

Click on the images below to see #ThinkDo activity cards that might help you think about who your user might be.








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What might the purpose/function of my product be?

The design brief says that your product must have a function/purpose.

The product function and purpose refers to what the product does and when it might be used. Some examples might be: 

  • To protect something
  • To aid communication
  • To carry something
  • To display something
  • To improve someone’s quality of life
  • To help someone relax
  • To help stop someone from losing something
  • To help someone learn something 
  • To promote something e.g. a charity
  • Any other purpose/function you can think of!


The images below show some past competition entries. What is the function of these products? Who might the user be? What user needs do they meet? 

Winners


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Tip: Try and make the function of your product unusual so it stands out from the rest. 

Click on the images below to see #ThinkDo activity cards that might help you think about the function of your product.








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What materials should I use?

The design brief says your product must be made using materials from at least two of the main materials categories used in Design & Technology e.g. wood, metal, plastic, textiles and paper/board.

Categories of D&T materials are:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Textiles
  • Paper and board

Your product must use materials from at least 2 of the above categories e.g. wood and metal, paper and plastic, textiles and metal. You can use any combination of 2 materials as long as each one is from a different category.  

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You can buy the materials as ready made components or parts or you can make them yourself (it’s more impressive if you make them yourself). 

Above are examples of components and parts you might use to add a different material category to your work. They are a metal wing nut and bolt, a plastic clip fastener, an embroidered patch and metal split rings. 

This activity used be one of our competitions. Take a look at some of the competition winners to get ideas for your own design. 

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Mixed materials


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What type of product might I make?

The design brief allows you to choose the product you want to make. Try to make your idea stand out from the crowd in some way. 

What you make is completely up to you! Think about different users and what their needs are - why not do some research and ask a range of users about products they use or would like to help you make your decision? 

The following list are ideas of example products that might fit into the tin size given:

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  • Keyring
  • Torch
  • Notebook
  • Ear phone holder
  • Fidget spinner
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing 
  • Bag
  • Toy or game
  • Hat
  • Anything else that will fit into the tin!

This activity used be one of our competitions. Take a look at some of the competition winners to get ideas for your own design. 

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Think about how you might:

  • Use materials in an unusual way
  • Use a variety of different techniques
  • Make sections of the product interactive e.g. hidden sections, bits that light up, bits that change colour using smart materials
  • Make the shape of the product unusual
  • Use original ideas that are your own rather than copied logos
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Research existing products in the shops that are sold in tins or boxes to get inspiration but don’t just copy the idea, develop it and make it your own. Look at other products sold in the shops to get inspiration. How might they be adapted to fit into the size of the Pringles tin?

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Click on the images below to see #ThinkDo activity cards that might help you think about gifts and other products that might be sold in a tin. 

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Product in a tin template

Don’t forget your product has to fit into a snack sized Pringles tin. If you don’t have a tin you could use this template to create a model of one (you may need to change your printer settings to print it out the correct size).



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How can I make sure I produce a high quality product?

The design brief says the entry must be made of a high quality. 

  • Plan your idea first
  • Practise the techniques you are using first
  • Do a quick prototype of your idea and test it and make any changes
  • Get feedback from others on your idea and try out changes they suggest
  • Make sure your product will fit inside the tin either as it is or when folded or taken apart
  • Make sure your product works before you post it e.g. do the pieces fit together, does it open and close, do the electronics work?
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OUR PRODUCT IN A TIN COMPETITION IS NO LONGER RUNNING. INFORMATION IS PROVIDED HERE FOR TEACHERS TO USE AS A MODULE OF WORK OR AS A COMPETITION WITHIN THEIR OWN SCHOOL


How might you use the activity with your students? 

The activity can be adapted to suit the needs of different teachers and year groups e.g.

  • 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 - many schools use 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 an GCSE non exam assessment mock project.
  • As a revision activity for GCSE.
  • As an internal competition. 


Resources to get you started

Thanks to Louise Rose from Sydenham High School who produced the resources below using some of the information on the website. These might be useful for teachers to use or adapt to introduce the activity (if you adapt this resource remember to acknowledge the original creator and don’t remove any credits they have included). 

Worksheets

PowerPoint

Paramedic worksheet 

Toddler & parent worksheet 

Products & user worksheet

Design ideas


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Thanks to Jane Ford from King George V School in Hong Kong who has developed this PowerPoint for her students that can be downloaded via Google Docs (if you adapt this resource remember to acknowledge the original creator and don’t remove any credits they have included). 


Extend the Learning Further 

The activity 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.jolliesocks.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 could extend their learning by: 

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  • Using the United Nations 17 Global Goals for Sustainability to help them design for user needs and design problems outside of their own experiences.
  • Researching the websites listed above to find out more about the products. 
  • Jollie have the Moto ‘Wear a Pair, Share a Pair’ with socks being given to a local homeless charity every time a pair is purchased. Students could investigate other companies that also do this, as well as considering how this might be applied to their own product design. 
  • Collecting images of products sold in tins. This could be extended to include products sold in fabric bags or other specialist packaging. 
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  • Product analysis activities of products sold in packaging (both the product and the 

    packaging) where the packaging has been designed to add value.

  • Reflection on the purpose of the tin and how it adds value for the consumer


  • Click on the image on the right to see a #ThinkDo activity card on the product that inspired the activity
  • Students could develop the packaging design for the tin
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  • Students can use the cap and ring set from Mindsetsonline to create their own can (use the template to make sure the height of the can is correct). 
  • Activities linked to maths e.g. looking at the volume of the tin and comparing this to other shapes of tin.
  • Investigating the hyperbolic paraboloid shape of Pringles and how this shape is used in architecture. Take a look at this article as a starting point. 
  • Considering 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. Click on the image below to see #ThinkDo activity card that might help students consider sustainability issues related to a Pringles tin. 


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