Young designers awarded

Students from The National School, Nottingham; Queen Elizabeth Endowed School, Mansfield; Swinton Community School; Derbyshire and Northfleet Technology College, Kent; received awards in the final of the Silverstone Innovation Centre Design Challenge.

The challenge is open to school students who work in teams to design new products for the motorsport industry. This second year of the competition has proved more popular than ever, attracting entries from 13 teams of students.

The teams displayed their designs to invited guests before entering the ‘Dragon’s Den’ to pitch their ideas. The judging panel was led by Nicky Grist, who is a World Rally Champion, and Pat Symonds, Renault’s executive director of engineering.

The winners of the Promo Puzzle and Best Visual Presentation Awards were Jessica Johnson, Morgan Brown and Charley Bingley from The National School, Nottingham.

The National School spokesperson Darren Giles said: ‘The students have really risen to the Challenge and it has brought the whole curriculum to life for them. The teams produced impressive displays and presentations that were admired by our guests and impressed the judges.

Silverstone Innovation Centre Manager Dianne Wilson added: ‘Silverstone Innovation Centre is delighted to support the Design Challenge, which encourages entrepreneurship skills relevant to the motorsport industry at an early age. The students produced imaginative and exciting entries that really used their design technology skills and wowed the judges.’