In a remarkable display of creativity and environmental consciousness, students from the Outdoor Learning programme unveiled a series of innovative projects aimed at revolutionising outdoor equipment and clothing. Tasked with developing sustainable solutions, these young minds delved into research, design, and testing to present their visionary creations.
The challenge was clear: design outdoor equipment or clothing that not only enhances the outdoor experience but also prioritises environmental sustainability. From this directive emerged a plethora of ingenious ideas, each addressing different facets of outdoor activities while adhering to eco-friendly principles.
After extensive research and development, students settled on their final designs, which ranged from inventive clothing concepts to groundbreaking outdoor gear. Every aspect of the projects was carefully considered, from materials selection to functionality, with a focus on minimising environmental impact.
From the mouldable walking boot to the protective kid suit. One standout project that captured the imagination of many was the innovative dog washing suit, conceived by Henry Brown. This ingenious creation not only provides a solution for keeping pets clean during outdoor adventures but also integrates seamlessly with sustainable practices.
Ms Ledger, Director of Learning for Year 9, was tasked with judging and determining the top three projects, and was impressed by the students’ dedication and ingenuity. Throughout the evaluation process, the Outdoor Learning group posed challenging questions regarding testing and robustness, reflecting their commitment to ensuring the practical viability of their designs.
Looking ahead, there is optimism that many of these innovative designs will garner interest from reputable outdoor companies. The potential for collaboration and further development looms large, with the tantalising prospect of a million-pound idea emerging from this talented group of students.
As these visionary projects continue to inspire and captivate, they serve as a testament to the power of education, creativity, and environmental stewardship in shaping a brighter, more sustainable future for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.
The top 3 winning designs, as judged by Ms Ledger, were:
- 1st Place was awarded to Isla Lichtblau-O’Regan and Alice Falconer for their Watershed Waterproof Leggings designed to be comfortable, supportive, waterproof and fashionable.
- 2nd Place went to Rory McIntosh and Alfie Aitchison for their fishing vest lifejacket called Fish Armour. They designed a potential lifesaving product and a practical attractive fishing vest which inflated should the person wearing it fall into the water.
- 3rd Place went to Nicky Errington for his tent design that not only gave you a fantastic view of the stars but also included many first aid and safety mechanisms needed in the outdoors.