CPI sets schools design & technology competition

CPI sets schools design & technology competition

Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is challenging the nation’s schools to win prizes for both themselves and their students by entering a free competition, designing corrugated cardboard packaging.


 
Aimed at 11-14 year-olds (KS3), CPI’s PaperWorks Design and Technology for Corrugated Cardboard Packaging competition is open to any school in the UK, with £250 going to the winning school to put towards its Design and Technology department, while the student or team of the winning entry will be awarded £50 of Waterstones vouchers.
 
Two runner-up schools will each receive a cheque for £100, for use towards equipment for their Design and Technology departments, with the student or team of the runner-up entries each receiving £20 of Waterstones vouchers.
 
Designs must be based on a choice of realistic packaging briefs for fictitious companies outlined in the Design and Technology module of CPI’s online schools resource ‘PaperWorks’ – namely, Celebration Cupcakes, Green Geranium, Watchlight and New Age Drinks.
 
Students are invited to create a logo and brand, then design a packaging solution based on innovative shelf-ready packaging (SRP) requirements that are now being demanded by many customers of the Corrugated Packaging Industry. Teachers have the opportunity to request samples of corrugated material  to support their projects in class.
 
CPI’s PaperWorks Design and Technology for Corrugated Cardboard Packaging module has been developed to fit with modern classroom teaching techniques and facilities, and supports the industry’s aim to counter some of the common misconceptions of what has always been one of the most sustainable and forward-thinking manufacturing sectors in the UK.
 
In addition to the Design and Technology module, which is featured on the Guardian Education and Times Education websites, the award-winning PaperWorks online schools  resource contains the following modules:
 
• Art and Design: 5 to 7 years
• Science and Technology: 7 to 11 years
• Geography Studies: 11 to 18 years
• Business Studies: 14 to18 years
 
PaperWorks, launched in April 2012, has received a 5-star rating on the TES website and was the winner of the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards Website of the Year 2013. CPI is also pleased to announce a co-operation with BPIF Cartons and its CartonVille project for schools. Together, these two programmes will provide an important new resource for school children across the UK to learn about this most popular form of packaging.
 
CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said, “PaperWorks Design & Technology for Corrugated Cardboard Packaging module provides teachers with an excellent range of curriculum-linked, multi-media learning resources. The competition is a great incentive for schools to get involved and hopefully will inspire the next generation of corrugated packaging designers.”
 
Corrugated packaging has come a long way since 1871, when it was first developed in the United States for wrapping fragile items such as bottles. Now, this flexible material is a billion-pound state-of-the-art industry that protects more than 75% of Europe’s goods in transit and is the world’s favourite form of packaging.
 
It is not only economical, but also has a superb environmental record – every year over 80% of the material is recycled, equivalent to an area three times the size of Greater London. 
 
Entry details and T&Cs for the competition can be found on the PaperWorks website at www.paperworks.ebcnet.co.uk/design-and-technology-11-14-years. Schools can submit an entry to competition@cpi-paperworks.org.uk by Friday 6th June 2014.

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