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The Design & Technology department has an outstanding reputation both regionally and nationally. The department encourages pupils to participate in a variety of competitions and in recent years significant successes have been achieved in many different disciplines. In addition to academic lessons, there are a wide range of opportunities for pupils. 

National competition success

Now in Year 13, Rebe Casselden and Ella Howlett won the Bloor Homes 2014 'Home for Design' competition. Bloor Homes commented that "The girls' entry was an extremely well thought-out design featuring some innovate features." The girls will now see the home they designed built by Bloor Homes.

The girls designed a four bedroom, four bathroom property with an open plan living space acting as the centre of the house. The house featured a supporting structure built around the central staircase and an innovative underground heating system which was very forward thinking. Commenting on the winners Richard O’Brien said: “We’re absolutely delighted with this year’s competition. We received entries from across England and it was a difficult decision to cut them down to the final five, let alone select a winner. Rebe and Ella have worked with Bloor Homes on the step by step process of building a house, from planning applications to handing the keys over to the owner.

Young Craftsman of the Year 2017

Once again, Eastbourne College pupils have enjoyed success at the annual Young Craftsman of the Year competition at the South of England Show.

Awards were received by the following pupils:

Design and Technology:
Charlie Reynolds - 3rd place
Rebe Casselden - Highly Commended

Ishaan Kapoor -  2nd place
Samat Shagdamov -  3rd place
Louis Heywood - Highy Commended

U17 category
Hal Mills   - U17 prize winner 

Young Craftsman of the Year 2016

Eastbourne College pupils studying design and technology were honoured at the Young Craftsman of the Year Award at the 2016 South of England Show.

The following pupils have received awards:
1st in Design and Technology - Jonathan Fieldhouse (Year 13, Powell)

2nd in Wood - Harry Byatt (Year 13, Gonville)

3rd in Wood - Mario Pulze (Year 12, Craig)

U17s Award in Wood - James Allan (Year 11, Craig)

U17s Award in Ceramics - James Allan (Year 11, Craig)
Highly Commended in Design and Technology - TaThumrongwongkawin (Year 11, Gonville)

Highly Commended in Design and Technology - George Skinner (Year 11, Wargrave)

Highly Commended in Design and Technology - Rahul Radia (Year 11, Craig)

Highly Commended in Design and Technology - Max Al-Hasso (Year 11, Reeves)

Highly Commended in Design and Technology - Louis Wilson (Year 11, Powell)

As a direct result of having his work displayed at the show, Jonathan Fieldhouse (pictured above) has received two expressions of interest - one from an individual wishing to purchase his competition entry and one from a company interested in working with him.

Young Craftsman of the Year 2015

Congratulations go Oli Akdeniz (not shown), 3rd place wood section, for his garden furniture and Galina Lyubimova, 3rd place Design Technology section  for her MP3 stereo docking station. Elizabeth Gower (not shown) was highly commended in the DT section for her concrete and copper bird bath.

Galina, whose home is Moscow, researched her project by visiting the Bang & Olufsen showroom in Eastbourne to explore the product range and target market. For her design she was inspired by Japanese design ideas to produce complex 3 dimensional forms. This stretched her acrylic manufacturing experience to the limit but the judges were impressed with her ambition and skill. 

Ollie is a keen craftsman. He lives in the countryside and his parents enjoy entertaining and spending time in the garden. He was commissioned to design an item of outdoor seating which was to be located under the shade of a lonely tree in the middle of an expansive garden. Ollie’s design circles the tree so that users can seek shade wherever the sun is located. The judge comments ‘ The design demonstrates a good understanding of basis structural principles and integrity. Superb work.’

Elizabeth’s parents are very keen gardeners. Having moved into a new house in the town they are actively re-designing the garden. Elizabeth was commissioned to design a sculptural bird bath to be located directly in line with the windows of the drawing room so that her parents could see birds coming into the garden to drink. After much research and experimentation Elizabeth perfected the art of casting concrete and she impressed with her first experience of raising copper in order to manufacture the dish.

Young Craftsman of the Year 2014

Five Design & Technology pupils were formally recognised at the 2014 South of England Show, Young Craftsman of the Year awards at Ardingly Showground.

Lewis Webber - 1st in Design and Technology

William Dickens - 2nd  in Design and Technology

Ryan Packham - 2nd in Wood

Bethany Stephens - 2nd in Textiles

Tea Picard - U17 award in Jewellery

The Judges looked for overall craftsmanship. Marks were awarded for concept and design, use of materials, technical skills, finish, artistic merit, function, balance and proprtion, and the potential in the competitor for further development of their skill or craft.

F1 Engineering - a life in the Fast Lane

The Design Society is a forum for students to listen to and talk with designers. On 2 December 2013 the College was delighted to welcome James Crook, Formula 1 designer.

James is Eastbourne born and bred and attended Eastbourne College from 2002 to 2007. During this time he was awarded an Arkwright Scholarship and prizes at the South of England show. Following a four year Engineering degree at Cambridge University, specialising in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, he went on to work for Lotus F1 Team. He has now been designing race winning aerodynamics for the F1 car for several years.

His talk addressed three issues: What is life like as an engineer in the fast lane'?, How do you become an engineer? The importance and relevance of Design & Technology, Maths and Physics both at university and in your career? James stayed after his talk to have further discussions with the DT Scholars.

Official Opening of the Nugee Building

The Design and Technology department was proud to put on a fabulous display of current GCSE and A level work when the College was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to celebrate the official opening of the Nugee Building, phase 1 of the Project 150 development.

Excellent and innovative projects, created using modern CNC manufacturing techniques, were on show.  including a complex, circular slot-together easy chair made from white melamine-faced birch ply by Year 13 pupil Oliver Barwell.

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