Pupil Design Awards: using design skills to make a difference

Ideal for students aged 11-17, the Pupil Design Awards enable young people to explore how design can be used to tackle real-life challenges facing people and the planet.

Free to take part in, this annual competition encourages young people to use their creativity and imagination to make a difference to the world around them. There are three different briefs young people can choose from:

  • Climate Emergency: how can communities respond and adapt to the challenges of climate change?
  • Positive Connections: how can technology be used responsibly to develop positive relationships?
  • Future Fashion: how can we reinvent the way we produce, use or access everyday clothing items to reduce waste?

Once your school has signed up, you will be provided with lesson plans, training and mentors to support you. Teams or individuals submit design proposals and material explaining how they approached their problem.

The applications are shortlisted and finalists are invited to pitch their ideas to industry expert judges.

Key dates

  • 4 October 2019: school registration deadline
  • November 2019: teacher training days
  • February-March 2020: classroom mentor visits
  • Mid-May 2020: entry deadline
  • June 2020: shortlisting
  • July 2020: final judging and winners announced at an awards ceremony

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