Design Ventura Waste Age Mini Challenge for year 7 and 8
The Design Ventura Mini Challenge is open to students in years 7 and 8. The theme for this year’s mini challenge is waste, inspired by the Design Museum’s Waste Age exhibition.
The mini challenge offers a taster of the Design Ventura programme for younger students. It can be run in a single lesson, set over rotation or given as homework.
The mini challenge recognises student creativity and the ideas that win do not need to be fully realised or fully realisable. To enter, students need to submit an image of their product idea and complete a short form (at the bottom of this page). You can see a shortlist of last year’s winning ideas here.
Students can submit from September and winners will be announced fortnightly on social media from September 2021 to February 2022. Prizes are sent in the post. (Please note that this is not the main Design Ventura competition and we do not make the winning ideas for this challenge.)
Can you design with waste in mind? Can you come up with an idea for a new product for the Design Museum Shop that either tackles a waste issue or uses a waste material.
Waste is a big problem but design offers solutions and opportunities. Your product idea should look to either tackle a waste issue (e.g: reduce landfill, tackle food waste etc) or be made from a waste material, or both!
2. The Design Museum Shop
The business setting for your product is the Design Museum Shop. Consider other products available here that address waste such as books, cosmetics, homeware, toys and games.
1. Waste Age
2. The Idea Machine
If your students get stuck for ideas, use theideamachine.org to come up with ideas in only 60 seconds!
The Idea Machine is an online game that gets those ideas flowing. It generates a random brief which you have 60 seconds to answer. The more ideas you come up with the more likely you are to find that winning idea for the online mini challenge. Remember to think – how can my idea address waste.
3. Paper Forms Workshop
Follow along to this hour long paper forms workshop video to support students with idea generation, prototyping and communicating their ideas:
We recommend using wastepaper, cut into different sizes and shapes. Please recycle the paper and prototypes after the workshop.
4. Video Resources
Follow the 5 steps below to enter for your chance to win a prize:
- Draw out your product idea, make it clear what it is and how it works (or, if you’ve got time, create a prototype in paper or card.)
- Photograph your design
- Upload the photo via the link at the bottom of the page
- Fill in the form below with your teacher’s contact details in case you win
- Click submit!
Please note that you will need consent form a parent or guardian to enter the Design Ventura online mini challenge, see Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice. If your school requires a parental consent form for this, please feel free to use the version provided here.
Upload your design: