A selection of the best creative design projects from the 2018 HSC will go on display at the Powerhouse Museum with the launch of the Shape showcase at 10:30am Friday 22 February.
Shape 2018 exhibits the projects of 37 talented students from across NSW, who have designed and created an amazing array of products from a wearable UV ray exposure monitor to a dress made from kombucha and an app to help prevent the new medical condition known as ‘text neck’ among mobile phone users.
The works on display are drawn from three HSC subjects; Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design. These courses were studied by more than 10,000 students in last year’s HSC.
NSW Education Standards Authority Executive Director of Curriculum Lyndall Foster says being selected for Shape is a great achievement.
“Shape is about turning clever design ideas into reality. The students’ projects demonstrate their creativity, ingenuity and excellent technical and practical skills.
“Our future is in good hands with clever innovators and inventors like these students coming through the HSC.
“For the students, being part of Shape elevates their works to worthy of museum display. Being exhibited at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) at the Powerhouse Museum represents a big step in their journey from school to industry.”
MAAS Chief Executive Lisa Havilah says the exhibition provides industry with an indicator of future design trends.
“Across a broad range of design disciplines the exemplary students in Shape 2018 embody the innovation that will be the hallmark of the next generation of designers in Australia. MAAS is proud to partner with NESA to showcase these works as part of the Sydney Design Festival.”
Students were selected for the showcase based on their innovative approaches to design along with their considered exploration of and solutions to the issues facing their generation.
Asha Martin from Moruya High was inspired by the need for environmental sustainability in the textiles industry, which she addressed by creating a pinafore made from dried kombucha scoby – a culture of bacteria and yeast. The material it forms looks and feels like leather, while the whole process is sustainable and the garment completely biodegradable.
Oliver Bowman from St Luke’s Grammar saw a need to prevent the modern medical condition known as ‘text neck’ caused by hunching over smart phones. His app forces users to adopt better posture while using their phone.
And Ella Lehmann from Mount St Benedict College developed and built a digital device worn on the wrist that monitors UV rays and warns the wearer when they’ve had too much sun exposure. She was inspired to develop this clever product after witnessing her dad’s battles with skin cancer.
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