Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pupils Vie for Award Success

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pupils Vie for Award Success

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A space saving 'seat in a tube' and a training simulator to help kayakers improve their paddling technique are in the running to win a Spirit of Innovation Award.

Olivia Brough and Alexander Macaulay, both pupils at Yarm School, are hoping their designs will capture the judges' attention in the newly created Education category at this year's awards.

The pair were encouraged to enter the awards by David Dunn, head of design and technology at Yarm School, who has not only won accolades for his own inventions, but seen former pupils also scoop top prizes.

Olivia, from Eaglescliffe, said that her 'seat in a tube' design was inspired by a need for practical yet stylish furniture.

"With living space becoming ever more multifunctional, I wanted to come up with an attractive seating solution that can be easily stored," she said.

The design, which when assembled creates a reclining chair, comprises several aluminium cylinders, which are cushioned with foam and upholstered in red vinyl. …

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