A talented teenager from Solihull School made the shortlist for a prestigious design award after being selected from hundreds of students around the country.
Ben Tennet was one of 25 finalists in the Triumph Motorcycles Design Awards 2016 and was awarded with a certificate for outstanding visual design for his A Level product design project.
The 18-year-old, from Dorridge, designed a camping kitchen manufactured from a range of materials including laminated birch and aluminium components, along with a fibreglass sink. Ben also made extensive use of computer aided design software in planning the design and a 3D router to manufacture some of the panels.
The design, which included features such as a levelling mechanism to allow it to stand on uneven ground and a chopping board which slots into the sink, impressed both the judges and Neal Corbett, head of design and technology at Solihull School, who was full of praise for his student.
Mr Corbett said: “It was a great day with some excellent entries across a broad range of engineering, electrical and product design disciplines. Although Ben missed out on a top-three finish, he did extremely well to be selected among the best 25 across the country.
“The judges particularly liked the aesthetics of the kitchen design and the range of materials and processes used. They also praised the levelling system he had built into the design for uneven ground, along with clever packaging of the various aspects.”
First place was awarded to a CPU cooling device, while runners-up prizes went to a lorry wheel-lifting device and a head torch/workshop light. The Triumph Design Awards are open to sixth form and college students of design and technology, with the aim of encouraging and celebrating creative thinking and innovative problem-solving, while inspiring engineers of the future. The top prize, courtesy of Triumph, is up to £9,000 per year, for up to four years, to cover design course fees.
Solihull School will be hosting its next open day on Saturday, September 24. For more information, call 0121 705 0958 or visit www.solsch.org.uk.