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February 10, 2016

Finchley Catholic High School students crowned Design Ventura winners

Renowned designers including Sebastian Conran and Naomi Cleaver gathered at the Design Museum last night to celebrate the culmination of the 2015-16 Design Ventura competition. The winning team from Finchley Catholic High School in London wowed the judges with their innovative rubber band powered racing toy ‘Wheelys’.

Design Ventura challenges students aged 13 to 16 to meet a real-life design brief, with the guidance from Deutsche Bank employees and creative professionals through workshops, online resources and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers.  The theme this year was ‘Move’, inspired by the Museum’s relocation from Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge, to Kensington later this year. 

This is the sixth year the Bank has partnered with the Design Museum on the nationwide competition, our flagship design and enterprise project through our Born to Be youth engagement programme.

Christoph Woermann, Head of Marketing for Global Transaction Banking sits on the expert judging panel and has supported the project for the past six years said:
‘Design Ventura is a fantastic initiative and each year I am amazed by the creativity and innovation of the students. The UK Creative Economy accounts for 2.6 million jobs and the soft skills the young people develop throughout the project; confidence, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking, provide transferable skills not only to support this sector, but to equip them for success in life and employment.’

The Finchley Catholic High School team is made up of Year 9 and 10 students.  They will oversee all aspects of the production of their winning concept including packaging, pricing and promotion. Their product will be launched in July and will go on sale in the Design Museum shop with profits from sales being donated to their chosen registered charity, Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEED).

Other 2015-16 winning teams are:

• South Wiltshire Grammar School for Girls in Salisbury, Wiltshire, won second place for their Inflata-racers, bugs which attach to balloons to create a game.
• Royal Grammar School in Newcastle won third place for Illusionate, stencils to create illusions and shapes.
• Orleans Park School in Twickenham, London, was commended for good design and professionalism for their Tea Towel Trip game, a game based on the Design Museum’s move to Kensington.
• Trinity Academy in Edinburgh was commended for original concept for On the Other Hand, a puzzle which is an aid to learning sign language.
• Park House School in Newbury, Berkshire, was commended for Sustainability for Plane-a-Pult, a kit to make catapulting planes.
• Other Outstanding Finalists were:
• Caterham High School in Ilford, Essex for Domino Run, a landmark game based on traditional dominoes.
• Central Foundation Boys’ School in London for Product ‘X’ , connective elements to create sculptures from pencils and pens.
• Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire for Finish the Flipbook , a complete pack to create flip-book stories.
• The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire for Tube-A-Long, a wooden pull-along toy.  

To see how else Deutsche Bank are supporting young people in the UK visit our Born to Be page.




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