LOTS OF CHANGES
There’s been a lot happening on the site over the last few weeks.
Those of you who have attended DATA conferences over the last four years will know we feature the work of inspirational students prior to the dinner. We have seen some exceptional products in that time. This year, we hope to have an appropriate display featuring one of the pilot year students, Emma Berry. Emma has remained in design, and graduated this year from Goldsmiths College, London. She will be talking through her experiences of sustainable design from her early SDA beginnings to professional experiences now.
Emma pictured right, with her friend Kirstie Nichols, at the DATA conference 2003. Both students designed and made methods by which entrepreneurs in East Afica might package their products with re-used or recycled materials.
Another former SDA award winner, Emily Cummins, has had phenomenal success since her AS project took her to DATA at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004. Then she had designed and made a water carrier to enable women to carry more water per journey in their daily routine.
The following year, Emily designed and made a sustainable, solar-powered fridge, again for use in Africa. As a result of being nominated by SDA to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, she won a grant that enabled her to visit Namibia to see what interest there was in her fridge.
When she returned, she was nominated for the Shell Woman Technologist of the Future award, sponsored by Shell. In competition with other far older and more experienced than her (a Ph.D, a woman Formula 1 team member) Emily was chosen in the 18-35 category – the only teenager in the final six.
Emily’s experience is testimony to what sustainable design can achieve. We look forward to hearing more about the exploits of this remarkable young woman!
For more details of Emily’s work, go to her personal website, www.emilycummins.co.uk
Students' work displayed at DATA conference
Emily, an A2 level student from South
Craven School, Keighley, had her AS level water carrier displayed at the
DATA Conference last year. This year she’s done it again, with her
design for a sustainable fridge.
was inspired by the keynote address she heard at DATA last year from Ed
Gillespie. She was especially interested in his predictions for the future
if we continue to design and make in the way we do now.
She has made sensible use of stakeholders, and kept sustainability in mind throughout her designing and making.
Hulse - A
sustainable bar stool
Robert, an AS level student from Ysgol
Dinas Bran, was keen to see how it might be possible to re-use used car
parts to make a new product.
also wanted to produce something that was stylish and that would appeal to
young people of his own age.
result was a sustainable bar stool, which includes the use of a wheel hub
His project shows it is possible for re-used materials to be successfully used to create a new product which is fit for purpose, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.
|Aran Dasan -
sustainable cooking stove
Aran, an A2 level student from Simon Langton GS for Boys, Canterbury, is a keen camper and was dissatisfied with the camping stoves he’d used in the past, both from a safety viewpoint, but also because he thought they contributed to climate change.
Jephcott - A
biodegradable remembrance tribute
Gemma, an A2 level student from
Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex, has produced one of the most unusual
projects we’ve ever seen. She was inspired by a friend who wanted a
roadside remembrance tribute.
work is a remarkable effort to produce a tribute that meets legal
requirements in terms of size and structure but which also meets her own
research into suitable materials for the structure, and into plants for
the tribute, has been exacting. She has come up with an aesthetically
pleasing design which will naturally biodegrade at the roadside.
Westing - Halfpenny
Cottage: a sustainable house
Jemma, an A2 level student from Midhurst Grammar School, Sussex, has produced one of the most thorough pieces of sustainable research and design that we’ve seen so far in SDA.
thought about everything, and has completed as much research as physically
possible to find the most sustainable materials to use in many aspects of
building a house.
choice and style of the frame to the discovery of bio-degradable flooring
materials, she has done her best to produce a design for the cottage which
fits in with the locality, uses local resources, and uses sustainable
If you were looking to build a sustainable house, you have a job to beat it – and she even reckons the price wouldn’t be prohibitive!
Pritchett - A
fruit juice container for Kenya
Lucy, an A2 level student from Northampton School for Girls, chose to attempt a Practical Action design brief from the SDA website and handbook. It involved designing and making a fruit juice container suitable for production and use by vendors in Kenya.
of the strengths of Lucy’s project is her regular contact with her
stakeholders for feedback on her ideas. She asked pertinent questions
throughout, and incorporated answers into her designs, and her choice of
graphic work is lovely, and she has come up with designs that are highly
appropriate to the Kenyan market.
Robert Hulse showing delegates how his sustainable bar stool works
Practical Action's Cai Cheadle setting up the stand at Sheffield Hallam University
DATA's Chief Executive, Richard Green, presenting Emily Cummins with her Sustainable Design Award
Ed Gillespie - Futerra
If you were at the 2004 DATA conference, you will probably remember Ed Gillespie's keynote address to delegates. Since then, Ed has given keynotes at a student study weekend and a conference for initial teacher educators. His original presentation is now available for you to use - download.