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LSBU students compete in final of Design Innovation in Plastics

LSBU product design students have been selected as finalists in the longest running European polymer competition
11 April 2014

Freddie Paul and George Mabey are two of seven finalists in this year's Design Innovation in Plastics competition. The brief was to create an educational product in plastics with originality, providing a functional, innovative and engaging experience that stimulates divergent thinking and creativity.

Freddie proposed 'Brainstorm Ballz', a brain-storming tool designed to stimulate 'light bulb moments' and divergent thinking. It consists of a concept ball that holds a selection of 'inspiration' discs which are printed with random words including a frame for launching the ball.

George's entry titled 'Flip & Drip' consists of a sealed system containing two liquids: vegetable oil and coloured sterilized water. The product encourages the user, especially children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, to experiment with gravity and liquids to improve their reactions and motor skills.

 "The teaching team is absolutely thrilled that Freddie and George were ranked in the top seven entries of the competition," says Robin Jones, Principal Lecturer in Engineering and Design.

"Beating more than a hundred and fifty entries from fifteen other Universities, this is a superb recognition of the hard work the students put into the project and we have our fingers firmly crossed for the final judging in May."

Design Innovation in Plastics is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

The final judging panels will take place in May with the winners announced in early July.

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