30/04/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Take a look at the pictures of Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Boys) students from the ‘Outdoor Clothing Design’ enrichment group at Colomendy Activity Centre, north Wales.
The boys went to the outdoor education and adventure centre as part of their research for their design project with outdoor clothing company Sprayway.
Learning about design through fun
The group, which is taught by design and technology teacher Miss Alberti, are designing jackets and tested out their garments on the trip by taking part in activities such as climbing, abseiling and team-building activities. They also learnt survival skills by building camp fires.
The students already designed hats and visors, in a session attended by Sprayway’s head of design, Julie Greengrass.
Miss Alberti presented the samples at outdoor sports innovation conference Innovex at Lancaster University after Sprayway produced the designs.
She said: “It was a good trip to Kingswood, the boys got a lot out of it. I kept saying to them: ‘If you’re going to be doing this [in the jackets] then you need to make sure you have space to move’.”
Developing skills for the years to come
Miss Alberti added it is important to help the students develop their skills for a sustainable future, and highlighted this at the conference.
She said: “We’re going display our designs and talk about why they should link up with schools if they are looking for young people who develop solutions to problems of sustainability.
“We need to nurture them while they’re at school.”
Take a look at more pictures of the trip below: