V&A Innovate Talks: Teacher and Designer Insights (19th October 2021)

Hear from designer Tom Gayler and teacher Jennifer Vargas to get inspiration for your V&A Innovate projects.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Online, V&A South Kensington

  • Free event


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In this talk, User Experience (UX) designer and researcher Tom Gayler will share insights into his practice, researching taste and smell interactions for the future of computing. He will also share methods for using museum objects as starting points for ideas development, prototyping and iteration with your students. Tom has worked with AVEVA, Microsoft, Cambridge University, Kraydel, SONOS, and Prowler.io.

V&A Innovate NQT of the Year Jennifer Vargas will share lesson strategies and some helpful tips for how to approach the project in your setting. One of Jennifer’s teams was our second-ever overall V&A Innovate winner for their proposal to design ‘Scenty Mems’, a personalised scented jumper to help remember loved ones. Their idea, praised for originality and thoughtfulness around a sensitive and painful issue, was to create a heated jumper infused with the scent of a lost loved one, to wear at home to enable continued connection.

Hear all about Jennifer’s experience of delivering the project and come away from the session with ideas and top tips for how you can run V&A Innovate in your setting.

The session will end with a Q&A with the speakers.

V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge asking students in years 7, 8 and 9 to design a solution to a real-world problem. Find out more at vam.ac.uk/innovate

This event is free. Booking is essential. Event suitable for Secondary School teachers. You must be over 18 to take part. This event will be a webinar and run using streaming platform Zoom, and after registering, you will receive a unique link in advance to access the event online. You will receive the link to join no later than 16.00 on the day of the event.