The Pupil Design Awards is in the mould of the RSA’s Student Design Awards, which has been running for 90 years and is open to university students.
It is launching across the RSA Academies – four schools based in the West Midlands – and open to pupils from Year Eight upwards.
There are four challenges which can be entered as part of the awards – to improve a daily journey, to join up the generations, to change attitudes to water and a challenge based around the community supermarket.
Prizes on offer include design equipment, a visit to a Royal Designer for Industry’s studio and a visit to the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum.
Hilary Chittenden, who is managing the project for the RSA design team says, ‘We hope that the challenges will be taught as part of classes – we’re also hoping to open it out to more schools next year.
The awards opens for entries this month, to the participating schools, and judging will take place in July.