Design Ventura is a three-year education initiative run by the Design Museum for 14- to 16-year-olds. It allows pupils to fulfil a brief, problem-solve and pitch ideas professionally, and supports qualifications including GCSE design and technology, business studies and enterprise education.
The pupils won the competition with their Dove Bunting project, which uses recycled materials to create flags.
They have been awarded a £1000 bursary and a five-day programme of workshops and guidance from professional designers to develop the bunting, which will go on sale in the Design Museum shop this summer. All proceeds will go to Greenpeace, the charity chosen by the students.
More than 800 students from 32 London schools participated in Design Ventura in 2010 and registration for the 2011/12 programme will open in May.
Sebastian Conran, who awarded the pupils their prize, says, ‘This “design thinking” approach starts in the classroom and equips students to understand and contribute to the world around them. It also allows them to think and work as a team to prepare them for their careers and adult life.’