Pupils Look to the Future for Design Awards

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Byline: Telegraph Reporter

DESIGNS of the future dreamt up by pupils at Coventry schools will go on show to the public this week.

The popular Rotary Clubs Young Persons Awards for Design and Innovation will be held at Coventry Transport Museum - featuring a record 370 projects designed by youngsters from all of the city's 19 secondary schools, as well as one special school. Among the designs judges will be choosing from are an iPhone Table, a solar-powered cooler, and a pop-up art box.

The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday afternoon, with the annual awards ceremony taking place on Thursday to honour the achievements of pupils taking GCSEs and A-levels in design and technology.

Coventry's Lord Mayor Coun Gary Crookes, who will present some of the awards, and Coun David Kershaw, cabinet member for education - himself a former Coventry head teacher - will be guests of honour at the event and there will be a special guest speech from Ian Dunn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University. The sponsors of the awards include all five Rotary Clubs of Coventry, NP Aerospace, Coventry General Charities and Coventry Transport Museum, with another 12 local businesses and organisations also supporting the event with cash prizes. …