Lanarkshire schoolgirls scoop national award for toy design
The clever creativity of Ashleigh Beattie, Chelsea Esplin and Mhairi Robertson from Cathkin High School, South Lanarkshire has been rewarded with the top prize in a national competition to design toys which are fun - but also safe.
Cathkin High School’s winning brainchild is a Marvyn Monkey’s Wonder Fun toy that flashes colours and numbers that a child has to find on the monkey’s body and has a dual function by transforming into a nightlight and playing a lullaby in its night-mode.
The design was chosen as the winner of the Playsafe competition at the Trading Standards Institute’s Conference in Edinburgh this week, beating entries from across the UK. The winning team aged between 13 and 14 years old from Cathkin High School not only came top of the class in the 12-17 year-olds category but was also overall winner of the entire competition.
The girls will be taking back £1,000 worth of computer equipment for the school and a £100 WH Smith voucher each for themselves.
Technology teacher, William Black said that he was delighted with the school’s success in the competition. 'All the pupils who participated did so with a good measure of enthusiasm and their interest was maintained well beyond the submission date. I was repeatedly being asked when the results would be announced.
'The competition, coming as it does near the end of term, is undertaken in a relaxed but determined manner. It is a very good method of introducing younger pupils to the subject of design whilst, at the same time, heightening their awareness of child safety issues in this particular area of child development.'
TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: 'This competition is a great way to engage children and young people in a fun way , while raising awareness about the importance of safety features in the design of toys. The key elements the judges are looking for in the entries are a fun and different design and clear attention to the safety of it in use.
'Cathkin High School’s design stood out because it was fun, interactive and very well thought out – a very deserving winner.'
Roland Earl, director general of the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), said: 'Yet again we received some fantastically inventive entries. Every year I am impressed by the creativity of the design - as ever selecting a winner was very difficult!'
The joint runners-up in the 12-17s age group were Matthew Wedderburn, 14, from St George’s Roman Catholic High School in Manchester with a Fantastic Fire Engine and Molly Smith, 12, from Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre in Kent with a toy called ‘My Name is Francis’.
The 6-11 year-olds category was won by Rebekka Wearon, 10, from Holywell Primary School in Kent with her design ‘Nature Time’ and the runner-up was Ben Lord, 10, from Friezland Primary School, Manchester with his design ‘The All Terrain Hurricane’.
Woodlands School from Edinburgh designed ‘The Greedy With Adventure Game’ winning the special schools category. Acknowledging the students’ achievement, teacher Simon Stewart said: 'The children worked extremely hard through art, design and technology and drama within the curriculum for excellence to produce a spirited and exciting concept for a game'.
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17 June 2010
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