A group of 11 Design & Technology students from Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School entered the Climate Adapted People Shelters (CAPS) Public Design Competition 2016, run by the University of Technology Sydney and NSW State Government. The task was to redesign a bus shelter in a hot temperature zone in Western Sydney.
The students in Years 9, 10 and 11 worked hard during Semester One to create an innovative design that was cooler in summer, incorporate smart technology for the users and fitted into the local surroundings and environment.
Lakes Grammar was the only High School in the competition and their design entry “Trans-portal” finished in the Top 5 following a public display stage in which they were quizzed by judges, guests and visitors to the Finals.
After selection in the Top 5 designs a presentation was made to a group of professionals. This was a fantastic achievement considering all other entries were from professional architects and design companies. The entry was then submitted into the ‘People’s Choice’ Awards, and this week, Lakes students were announced as winners. The judges made note of the students’ ability to bring flair for Design & Technology to a real-world project, tackling the impact of urban heat on commuters.
“I am so proud of our students for achieving such a great outcome. Their design is inspirational. Their research process was impeccable. I love the video and the explanation of the design features. Thank you Mr Rick Hampson for your guidance and support” said. Mr Michael Hannah, school Principal.
Entry into this competition was part of a new Senior School program ‘Cognito’ which is a cross-faculty program providing a wide range of opportunities for students to further explore areas of interest and to apply their knowledge to real-world problems and present to real-world audiences.