Pupils through to Design Museum final

A team of five Year 9 Pupils have reached the final of the Design Museum’s Design Ventura 2020 competition, out of more than 15,000 entries.

The annual competition for Year 9 pupils, run by the London-based museum and sponsored by Deutsche Bank, regularly attracts thousands of national and international entries. This year, Guildford High School have been shortlisted for the final in the independent school category.

The competition brief was for pupils to design a product that would improve everyday life and could be sold in the Design Museum Shop for around £10. Importantly, products must also make use of sustainable design methods and simple manufacturing processes and be targeted at a specific audience.

Our pupils created a Memphis-style house which acts as a reward chart to help younger children engage in activities around the home. The product aims to provide a tangible way to track their achievement and can be customised, flat-packed and produced from sustainable materials. The judging panel was impressed with their “creative” response and felt that it would appeal to the target audience of families as something that children and parents could build together and decorate.

I have really enjoyed taking part in the Design Ventura competition. It has been a great experience as I have developed my organisational, teamwork and designing skills to help create a product which could actually be used in everyday life.

Year 9 pupil 

The year 9 team now need to submit a three-minute pitch video for their entry, which sets out why their design deserves the winner’s title. The final celebration event is due to be held in-person in June, dependent on government guidance, where each finalist will receive personalised feedback from the judging panel and discover who has won the competition.

It has really stretched us creatively, and helped us become better team members. We are currently working hard for the next round and can’t wait to get filming our video pitch!

Year 9 pupil

The winners of the competition will have their design made into a product that is sold in the Design Museum Shop, with proceeds going to charity. Pupils will also get the opportunity to host their own ‘pop-up shop’ to help sell their product to museum visitors.

We wish our Year 9 team the best of luck in the final!