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Pupils from Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School will enter the Dragons’ Den at Discovery Park, Sandwich for the KM Bright Spark Awards

By Liz Nicholls

A Bexley school has a strong showing at the KM Bright Spark Awards with two impressive entries competing at the final next week.

Form Follows Function team: Jade Freeman, Lucy Boyce, Madie Sutton and Adam Callegari.

The two groups of pupils from Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School will present their projects exploring the themes of beauty and function at a Dragons’ Den style competition final staged at Discovery Park, Sandwich.

Each team will have their moment in the spotlight and answer questions fired from a panel of dragons in a bid to be crowned KM Bright Spark Awards Champions 2017.

Both competition entries, ‘Luminescence’ and ‘Form Follows Function’, were submitted for the Innovation category and aimed to create furniture that combined beauty and function. The pupils considered lighting and storage needs with a sculptural aesthetic and chose a variety of materials to achieve their vision.

Esam Yahouni, a pupil on the Project Luminescence team, said: “We’ve been creating beautiful furniture all to do with the common theme of light.”

Team mate Jess Matola said: “When designing our products we all had an aspect of modern and futuristic, but all of us are different by using different materials. I chose concrete, but we all have the same common material which is wood. We all had the problem of trying to figure out our measurements and how to fit certain things with certain components, but we all worked together to try and figure that out.”

Project Luminescence from Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School: Jess Matola, Esam Yahouni, Sophie Roads and Kieran Reeves.

The Form Follows Function project was a collaborative effort with each pupil bringing their unique skill set to the endeavour.

Pupil Lucy Boyce said: “We worked on it as a team and we all utilise our different subjects because I don’t take science subjects but they helped me out with my angles on my table.”

Jade Freeman added: “Throughout the project we’ve critically evaluated each other’s work which has really helped us to develop the products so that they’re successful.”

Simon Dolby, chief executive of the KM Bright Spark Awards, said: “I am consistently impressed by the standard of entries for the KM Bright Spark Awards and these teams are worthy finalists. They have worked together beautifully and used a wide range of skills to create attractive products that solve a problem in and around the home. I look forward to seeing them trumpet their work in front of the dragons at Discovery Park on July 7.”

The KM Bright Spark Awards competition encourages pupils from primary or secondary school to collaborate using cross-curricular skills in maths, IT, science and engineering. Youngsters compete for trophies and money can’t buy experience prizes plus the overall champions’ prize of £500.

Judging the finalists will be representatives from Astro Communications Ltd, Benenden Hospital Trust, Integrated Technologies Ltd, Pfizer, Golding Vision, Prendon Panels Ltd, BAE Systems, Global Associates, and Megger.

Find out more about the KM Bright Spark Awards at www.kmcharityteam.co.uk and click on the ‘Education’ link or click HERE.

Organisations interested in getting involved with the 2018 event should contact Simon Dolby at sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 0844 264 0291.

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