We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge 2021 – 22, a celebration of young people’s imaginative and inspiring design solutions.
Working in teams, we asked students in years 7, 8 and 9 to create design solutions for real world problems whilst taking a human-centred approach. They chose to explore one of three contextual challenges – Renew, Move and Connect. These were inspired by our Design: 1900 – Now galleries, which ask critical questions about contemporary issues in our world today. Within their chosen theme, student teams found their own real and relevant problem, and then worked on a new design solution.
We are delighted to have three inspiring industry judges on the panel for this year’s challenge:
Zoe Laughlin: Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library, Podcaster, Broadcaster, Designer, Maker and Materials Engineer.
Magid Magid: Race and Climate Justice Activist, Organiser, Author, and Founder and Director of Union of Justice.
Rama Gheerawo: Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, and RCA Reader in Inclusive Design.
Close to 2,000 students took part, and entries were submitted by 119 teams. The judges helped select the ten finalist teams and will be choosing the winners at our annual Pitching and Awards Day taking place on 22 March.
V&A Innovate is a core part of our mission to champion the place of arts education on the curriculum and to nurture the change-makers of tomorrow. Teachers delivered the project over the Autumn term, during lessons or as part of lunchtime and after school clubs, and we were truly excited to receive so many thoughtful, well-researched, creative, and inspiring ideas from students from all over the country.
THE FINALIST SCHOOLS AND THEIR DESIGN IDEAS ARE:
Winners will be announced in March as part of the V&A Innovate Pitching and Awards Day. It’s going to be a tough decision for the judges!
V&A Innovate resources are free-to-access for any school, and the National Schools Challenge is open to state-funded secondary schools in England.
Find out more about V&A Innovate.