@DesignVentura, the Design Museum's free annual school's prize which invites school children aged 13-16 from across the country to design a real product for the Design Museum shop that improves everyday life by addressing social, educational or environmental issues. The Museum today (11 Jun) announces Heckmondwike Grammar School's ‘Sow Beautiful' as the winner of this year's competition.

Design Ventura is a really unique opportunity for young people which provides real world design and enterprise practice and allows students to venture outside the classroom. 2021 marks 11 years of the programme, which has seen over 108,000 students from 1,550 schools participate.

The winning team for Design Ventura 2020 is Heckmondwike Grammar School from West Yorkshire who conceptualised the idea of ‘Sow Beautiful’ a flower seed cannon used to grow flowers and create a source of pollen for bees, following a brief set by one of the UK's hottest designers Yinka Ilori. 

Design Ventura Sow Beautiful

Their product will be further developed and manufactured and be sold in the Design Museum's shop with all proceeds going to a charity of their choice.

Annual national design and enterprise challenge for schools Design Ventura announces shortlist: The Design Museum's competition for school students aged 13-16 

28 Apr 2021: The Design Museum has now shared their shortlist for Design Ventura, their free design and enterprise competition for school students aged 13-16.

The project invited teams of school students to design a new product to improve everyday life which would retail in the Design Museum shop for under £10, following a brief set by award winning designer Yinka Ilori. 

Of the 290 participating schools, seven UK state secondary school teams have now been shortlisted and will be invited to attend an online pitching event in front of a panel of leading judges. The winning team, announced on 11 June, will get the opportunity to work with a leading design studio and develop their product for manufacture and sale, with all the profits going to a charity of the students’ choice.

Shortlisted schools

  • County Upper School's Safari Matchimals - a set of flat pack safari animals with interchangeable body parts that can be mixed and matched to create new creatures
  • Davison Church of England High School for Girls's Positivitree - a giftable plant in pyramidal packaging aimed at boosting mental wellbeing
  • Ferndown Upper School's Build & Play - a pack of cards with iconic architectural designs on them which slot together to create new design structures
  • Heckmondwike Grammar School's Sow Beautiful - a flower seed canon used to grow flowers and create a source of pollen for bees
  • Parkside Community College's The Shoe Button - a small gadget to help people learn to tie their shoelaces
  • The Burgess Hill Academy's Play Cube - a wooden play cube that contains toy cars and transforms into a road map play scene for young children
  • Trinity School's Magic Leaf - a leaf shaped device that lets you know if your plants need watering by changing colour from green to white 

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