When KD Brought Design to the Big Bang
100 members of the public...
6 KD employees!
21 schools from Bristol and the surrounding areas, some as far away as Herefordshire, brought 546 students to the Trinity Centre, Bristol for Big Bang Bristol. This Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fair was designed to ignite students' imaginations and encourage them to consider an education and eventually a career associated with STEM. Organised by the Bristol & Bath branch of the British Science Association, and with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Biochemical Society, Jean Golding Institute, and University of Bristol School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, 41 different exhibitors engaged students in a diverse array of STEM areas.
Whilst some stands were experimenting with erupting volcanoes, blowing up balloons or displaying various mammal brains, we decided to take a real-life scenario and reveal our design processes and inspirational (and extremely lifelike) prototypes to help demonstrate what it really means to be a design engineer.
For example, our incredibly realistic chocolate bar prototype was a hit, blowing the students away!
“No way is that FAKE!”
We took a recent global project Kinneir Dufort has completed with Coca-Cola, where we designed an award winning, super-lightweight water bottle, and delivered an activity for the students which demonstrated the complexity of what goes into a seemingly simple design project.
Students were asked to think about how they might redesign a water bottle to improve its sustainability. Whilst nearly all agreed that design and prototyping were involved, not all expected engineering or innovation to play such a large role. By showing the old style of the bottle, and comparing it to the new, we were able to explain how much thought and consideration goes into design and innovation.
Many of the students told us their favourite subjects were indeed science, maths or engineering – as expected at a STEM focussed event. Interestingly, subjects including art, drama, P.E. and D.T also came up as regular favourites too. At KD we encourage embracing these creative subject areas alongside STEM. Many of them are essential to a variety of industries, especially design and without creativity, innovation would be impossible to achieve.
Look out for a full write up feature in the Institute of Engineering Designers in September.