LSBU students compete in final of Design Innovation in Plastics
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
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.
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
"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."