Over the past few months a small group of our final year product design students have been putting together school workshops to increase the awareness and the uptake of technology subjects at higher education. Our main goal was to inspire the younger generation by showing the skills, benefits and opportunities of product design. The ‘hands-on’ design workshops are delivered in secondary schools throughout Sussex and so far have received fantastic responses from both pupils and teachers.
Shaun Potter – Head of Design and Technology at Robertsbridge Community College
“Just a note to let you know how fantastic yesterday was. The kids were really buzzing and your students got some brilliant, creative work out of them. The whole school has got wind of the day and how successful it was. Sarah and the team were highly professional in everything they did, they are an excellent advert for product design as a subject”.
Scott Atkinson – Curriculum Leader of Art, Design and Technology at Midhurst Rother Academy
“Can I say thank you for the excellent STEM challenge you and your team put together and delivered at Midhurst Rother College on Monday. It was clear from student feedback and the response from staff that it was an enjoyable and education experience you gave us”.
Carly Heaver – Product Design Teacher at Uplands Community College
“I wanted to write with a formal thank you for the lovely product design team’s efforts with my year 9 students today. They were very professional and engaged so well with my very mixed ability class. Our students were very excited about what they had had the opportunity to be a part of.
I told the team that I can’t wait to see their work at the New Designer’s exhibition in the summer when I take my AS and A2 students to marvel at the potential of studying a technology related subject”.
Many of the schools visited are now looking into and hoping to set up future workshops with the University of Brighton product design students to further encourage the designers of tomorrow.
Thank you for all the final year students who took part, you made it possible to run some fantastic and enriching workshops!