Girls’ bird design flies into final of national challenge
Sophie Pearson 15,
Mary-Ann Stuart 16, Vicki Stringer-Woolston 15, with their paper
Three girls are flying high
after reaching the national finals of a design
Mary-Ann Stuart and Sophie Pearson are Year 11 pupils at Wilmington
Grammar School for Girls in Parsons Lane, Wilmington, and came up
with the idea of a bird bookmark for the Virtual Ventura
competition, run by the Design Museum in London.
They are one of only five groups
in Britain to make it to the finals in London on February
The girls created a bookmark
based on the Design Museum bird logo and soared through all four
stages, from presenting their idea to the school back in September,
to pitching to a panel of judges for the final.
Claire Johnston, the school’s
key stage 4 leader of design technology, said: "I’m so thrilled
that all their hard work has paid off and that they’re going to be
"They obviously stood out with
their design; it’s not convoluted or complex which makes it more
appealing to retailers."
The project challenges young
people to create a well-designed, enterprising product for the
Design Museum Shop, looking not only at design, but also branding,
packaging, marketing, costing and pitching their
Products must cost less than £5
to make, to retail at £10.
Claire added: "It’s really put
Wilmington Grammar School on the map so I have to thank the girls
for that as well."