Designing for today

Innovation, risk-taking and experimentation are the hallmarks of an exhibition currently on show in Sydney featuring the works of student designers.

The DesignTECH exhibition, at the Powerhouse Museum, features a selection of the major design projects completed by students of design and technology for the 2011 Higher School Certificate.

Visitors to the gallery can follow the design process documented in each student's portfolio, such the testing of materials, techniques and tools, and the development of prototypes.

Here is a selection of designs by students from NSW public schools.

Grow up, Green up

Grow up, Green up

designed by Georgia McDonald, Cheltenham Girls High School

With her passion for the environment, Georgia recognised the need to compensate for the loss of garden area in urban developments.

Her tessellated modular planter system turns bare walls into soft green facades.

Low Wheel Drag

Low Wheel Drag

designed by Daniel Scherrer, Dubbo College Senior Campus

Wheel spats cover aircraft wheels to reduce wind drag. Daniel's design addresses all of the current problems with wheel spats to create a product that is more aerodynamic, safer, lighter and cheaper.

Toiminto Art occasional table

Toiminto Art: occasional table

designed by Casey Edwards, Canowindra High School

Casey carved layers of wood to create an abstract occasional table inspired by the human figure.

Black epoxy glue accentuates the contrasts, and a piece of glass intersects the figure to make the tabletop.

Hot Teaspoon: re-usable tea packaging

Hot Teaspoon: re-usable tea packaging

designed by Angela Garland, Mullimbimby High School

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic, Angela placed equal emphasis on form and function. She gave her tea package a secondary purpose as a purse, with the ribbons that fasten the package becoming its handles.

Doorbrell: vehicle umbrella

Doorbrell: vehicle umbrella

designed by Rebecca Wardle, Castle Hill High School

With the DoorBrell your umbrella can keep you dry as you leave your car in wet weather.

Taking the environmental impact into account, Rebecca used fibreglass and incorporated existing products.

The Terlo Topper

The Terlo Topper

designed by Benjamin Terlich, Billabong High School

Gravity feed fuel systems can't currently turn off automatically when refuelling a machine.

Benjamin's device attaches to the nozzle of a fuel gun and switches off the flow when the machine is full.



designed by Tori Wicks, Cheltenham Girls High School

Tori's 87-year-old nan suffers from arthritis, creating pain and stiffness in her finger joints when she tries to hold objects.

Tori was inspired to design a peg without springs that her nan could use.


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