Shropshire student wins design competition

A student from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College has been awarded first place in a regional competition held by the Rotary Club for design and innovation.

Connor Phillips, aged 18, from Llanfyllin in Powys, entered the Rotary Club Young Innovator competition earlier this month and walked away from the competition, bagging himself first place in the West Midland Regional final

Connor studied A Levels in Product Design and Film Studies and Applied Science BTEC, and first heard about the competition through the College.

The Rotary Young Persons Award for Design and Innovation 2017 is a competition to give students from all over the West Midlands the opportunity to showcase their design and technology coursework.

Connor said: “I had to design a display board to show the processes that I used to build my product and talk about it. I showcased my Modular Media Unit to a variety of judges and to members of the public. My project was created with 2 units that slotted together and incorporated mood lighting and a Bluetooth speaker to use as a coffee table.”

Charlotte Brock, Programme Leader for Art & Design at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “Judges congratulated him on the inventiveness of the unit, on the innovative use of materials and the high quality of workmanship. This is a great achievement for Connor and I’m pleased he has been rewarded for his hard work.”

Connor has since successfully secured his place at Sheffield Hallam University in September and said: “I was pleased to win the competition and I found taking part a useful experience as I was able to talk about my design. I am going to study a BA Product Design at University in September and am really looking forward to continuing my passion for design.”