The UK aluminium industry’s national design competition, the Alu D&T Challenge, has added a new ‘Grand Prize’ to the 2017 competition: the chance to see aluminium production at first hand, in Italy.
The prize, sponsored by Novelis, will be awarded to the student, or team of students, judged to have produced the most outstanding design across the three categories. The two day trip for the students and their D&T teacher will include the chance to visit two Novelis plants on the outskirts of Milan: Pieve to the south of the city has over 50 years’ experience of rolling aluminium. Bresso, located to the north, produces pre-painted aluminium and speciality finishes for architectural use.
The plant visits will provide students and their teacher with a unique insight into the global aluminium industry and the many diverse uses for aluminium. There will also be plenty of opportunities to take in some of the wonderful sights in and around Milan, with a full day of sight-seeing included in the itinerary.
ALFED members Novelis who are sponsoring the Grand Prize trip to Milan have been supporting the competition since it began in 2012. Andy Doran, Senior Manager – Sustainability and Recycling Development says: “For Novelis the competition is a valuable opportunity to teach students about Aluminium and challenge them to think creatively about how we can use materials to reduce our impact on the environment. I’ve been a judge of the competition since it started in 2012 and never cease to be impressed by the amazing, practical and ingenious ideas the students come up with.”
The competition is now in its fifth year and aims to teach pupils about the material properties and sustainability potential of aluminium – an infinitely recyclable material. Young designers are encouraged to realise the contribution aluminium makes to the world we live in through learning materials which show the use of aluminium in a wide variety of applications and products; from smartphones to cars, drink cans to buildings.
There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of entries a school can submit. Schools have all autumn term to work on their entries, which need to be submitted via the website or by post before 22nd December 2017. The resources and full details of the competition are available online at at the Learning Aluminium website.