'Product in a Tin’ Competition (ends 1st Aug 2019)

Product in a tin competition

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The inspiration for the competition

  • The image below shows an example of a real product in the shops that has inspired the competition. Visit www.jolliesocks.com to find out more about the product. 
Jollie Socks


The competition brief: What do I have to do? 

  • Create a ‘Product in a Tin’ made using materials from at least two of the main materials categories used in Design & Technology e.g. wood, metal, plastic, textiles and paper/board. Click here to get resources to support your competition entry
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  • The product MUST use at least two different categories of D&T materials but there's no restriction on the type of materials used, which combination of materials are used or how they are used in the product. For example an entry might combine wood and metal, wood and plastic, textiles and wood, plastic and textiles, paper and textiles or any other combination. 
  • The materials used can be in the form of a ready made/bought component or part or the material can be shaped and formed by the student. Whilst ready made components and parts can be used, entrants should note that judges are more likely to be impressed where students have shaped and formed materials themselves. 
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  • Entrants must produce and submit an actual product and not just design work. We understand that not everyone wants to part with their products so there's a separate section of the competition just for photo entries (but note that the prize for photo entries is for the images to be displayed on the website & photo entries can’t be awarded any other prize). Photos should be good quality images, clearly showing different views of the product.
  • The product can be made using hand or machine techniques. Entrants are advised to think carefully about techniques that are used and products that are glued are unlikely to be successful (unless this is appropriate for the materials being used). 
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  • Entries must be of a high quality with well executed techniques & a finished piece of work that looks attractive. In particular don’t forget to make the product look good from all angles and that it is fit for the purpose and user it was designed for.
  • The product has to fit in to a tubular tin that is the same size as a snack sized Pringles 40g tin. Scroll down to find out more about the tin. The tin is not part of the competition entry and doesn’t need to be posted. A tin doesn’t need to be purchased and the dimensions are listed in the information below to help create a mock up to check the product is the right size.  
  • L IMG 2724The product can be smaller than the tin but must be able to fit in the tin with the lid closed. It can be rolled, folded or taken apart to fit in to the tin (but remember it must be a finished product and not a materials & components kit).
  • Any product can be entered but it must be designed for a particular user and have a purpose/function. Information on the typical user is & what the product function/purpose will be included on the application form).
  • An application form is required with each entry (including photo entries). These forms often play an important role in the judges understanding of an entry, and it's often these forms that can be the deciding factor when choosing a winner.
  • Every school entering the competition receives a free copy of ‘Designing for  User Needs & Design Contexts’ worth £25 (excludes photo entries). This will be emailed to the address on the application form.

Photo competition checklist

Use this checklist to see if your entry meets the competition criteria

This competition ends on 1st Aug 2019


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I have to use 2 different categories of D&T materials. What does that mean?

Categories of D&T materials are:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Textiles
  • Paper and board

The product must include a material from at least 2 of these categories e.g. wood and metal, paper and plastic, textiles and metal. Any combination of 2 materials can be used as long each one is from a different category. Any amount of each material is used and one can be used much more than the other. 

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Materials can be bought as ready made components or parts or can be cut and shaped  (the judges might be more impressed with the last one!). Above are examples of components and parts you might use to add a different material category to your work. They are a metal wing nut and bolt, a plastic clip fastener, an embroidered patch and metal split rings. 

Competition

The example products above show different materials categories used together in products. 

  • The ear rings are made of plastic bags that have been stitched with thread and attached to other polymer layers using heat. They also have beads made of paper and all the parts are held together using metal. The student made all of these parts except for the ear ring clasps which were purchase. 
  • The phone holder is made from wood laser cut by the student and embellished with textiles braid and a polymer button which the student bought ready made. 
  • The hamster bed is made of textiles and hangs from carabiner clips which the student bought. 
  • The keyring is crochet and decorated with wooden beads. The metal keyring and the beads were bought by the student. 
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The tin!

  • The product has to fit in to a tubular tin that is the same size as a 40g Pringles snack tin or a 60g Nescafe Azera coffee tin. The Pringles can be bought from smaller supermarkets, petrol stations etc. and the coffee tin from larger supermarkets.
  • A tin doesn’t need to be bought and the dimensions are in the diagram below to help create a mock up to check the product is the right size.  
  • The purpose of the tin is give a restriction on the size of the product. This allows for choice on what can be designed but it keeps the product small enough to post cheaply. 
  • Don’t forget to clean the tin when testing to see if the product will fit!
  • The product can be smaller than the tin but must be able to fit in the tin with the lid closed. It can be rolled, folded or taken apart to fit in to the tin (but remember it must be a finished product and not a materials & components kit).
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  • DON’T post the product in the tin unless it is easily crushable. Non crushable products should be carefully packaged up in an envelope as this will be cheaper for posting.
  • Although the tin is not part of the competition entry students could choose to develop the packaging as an additional design activity if they wish. Students can also choose to use the tin as part of the product they design. 

Click here to download a sheet that gives you the dimensions of the tin (to print it to scale set your printer settings to 100%)



Do I have to send in my actual product?

To win a prize entrants must produce and submit an actual product and not just design work. Unfortunately products can’t be returned and we understand that not everyone wants to part with what they have designed and made so there's a separate section of the competition just for photo entries. Note the prize for photo entries is for images to be displayed on the website & photo entries can’t be awarded any other prize. 

For photo entries:

  • Photos must be of a good quality, clearly showing the product. 
  • Include different views of the product along with photos of any interesting details. 
  • All competition rules and criteria still apply, including the 2 page application form being sent off with the photos. 
  • The photos and application form should be emailed to julie@julieboyd.co.uk by the teacher. 


Can entries be sent from outside the UK?

The competition is open to UK mainland entrants only. Entries outside the UK mainland  are accepted but these won’t be entered into the official competition and they can’t win any of the prizes. Entrants outside the UK are welcome to submit their actual products but they may want to consider submitting a photo entry to reduce postage costs.  


Where can I get help, ideas and inspiration?

Are you a student stuck for ideas & need some inspiration? Not sure how to use different materials together? Not sure what the terms ‘user’ and ‘function/purpose’ in the brief means? Are you a teacher looking for ideas on how to use the competition?

Jollie Goods socks copy

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What are the prizes?

Even bigger and better prizes this year!

We’re still finalising details for the 2019 winner's prize but this year the main prize will be even bigger and better than previous years. More details released soon! This year all schools who enter the competition will also get a free copy of ‘Designing for User Needs & Design Contexts’ worth £25 (excludes photo entries, one copy sent per school). 

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Note prizes may be substituted or changed at any time. The winner’s prizes are delivered to the school by us with a small prize giving ceremony. All other prizes are sent to school for distribution.

Other prizes

The competition aims to encourage students to enter the competition and therefore there are lots of prizes to be won!

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The #InspiredBy prize category acknowledges entries that just missed out on the top prizes, but which really stood out to the judges in some way. The Merit category is for entries that made the judges smile and where they felt there was something special about each piece. Photo entries can’t win a prize but a selection will be included on the website. 

Every school entering the competition receives a free copy of ‘Designing for User Needs & Design Contexts’ worth £25 (excludes photo entries, one copy sent per school). 


Who can enter?

  • Any mainland UK school or college student in year 5 -11 (age 9 -16). Note the age group has changed from previous years and entries from years 5 and 6 are now allowed.
  • Entries outside the UK mainland are accepted but these won’t be entered into the official competition and they can’t win any of the prizes. Entrants outside the UK are welcome to submit their actual products but they may want to consider submitting a photo entry to reduce postage costs.  
  • Individual students can enter the competition independently and the entry doesn’t need to have been made in school. Anyone submitting an independent entry should note that the main prize goes to the school. 
  • Students can submit as many entries as they wish.
  • All application form must be signed by a D&T teacher (or a teacher who knows the student) in order to confirm the age of the student and that it is their work. This includes independent entries to the competition. 
  • Teachers could do this competition as a class project and submit a number of entries from a class. The competition could be run internally with prizes being given and the best work being submitted to the competition. This will reduce postage costs and also means that students will have the chance to have their work rewarded even if they don’t win anything in the main competition. 
  • Don’t want to part with your product? Why not send a photo entry? Entrants must produce and submit an actual product and not just design work. We understand not everyone wants to part with their product so there's a separate section of the competition just for photo entries (but note the prize for photo entries is for the images to be displayed on the website & photo entries can’t be awarded any other prize). Photos should be good quality images, clearly showing different views of the product and they should be emailed along with the application form to julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


Is this competition the same as last year?

The competition is the same as the one that ended on 1st August 2018 but it is now also open to years 5 and 6 and photo entries are also allowed (although note these can’t win any of the main prizes and can only be considered for inclusion on the competition photo page). 

 

Can students from any material area enter?

Yes! The competition started out as a textiles competition a few years ago but it’s now open to all D&T material areas to reflect the broader materials approach to D&T. The judges are looking for two D&T categories of materials being combined together in a product and it doesn’t matter what these materials are or how much of each material is used. Materials can also be used in a form that has been purchased (e.g. a metal component) or they can be cut and shaped by the student.

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Does the work have to be done in school?

No. The work can be done at home, in school or a combination of both. Independent entries can be submitted but these must be signed off by a D&T teacher (or a teacher who knows the student) to confirm the student’s age. It should be noted that the main prize goes to the school and not the student even in the case of independent entries. 


When is the closing date?

Monday 1st August 2019

Entries can be sent at any time during the year.


Will I get my work back?

Unfortunately work can’t be returned because of the large number of entries received. Entries are kept and displayed at various events we run across the country for teachers. Below are some of the displays the products have been used for in the past. 

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Don’t want to part with your product? Why not send a photo entry? Photo entries can’t win a prize but will be considered for inclusion on the website. Photos should be good quality images, clearly showing different views of the product and they should be emailed along with the application form to julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


Who do I contact if I have questions about the competition?

Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you have any queries about the competition. Don’t forget to read information on this page first as the answers to your question might be here.


The application form & getting your entry ready to post

  • Each entry must be accompanied by an application form. Note this is 2 pages long & includes information on who the user is for the product, along with the product function and some information about the materials.  This helps the judges understand the product better. 
  • Think carefully about what is written about the user, product function and materials on the application form. Don’t just state the obvious - explain thoughts in detail and justify decisions. These explanations help the judges understand the product and can make a big difference to who is chosen as a winner.
  • Entries MUST be submitted with the application form attached securely particularly where several students entries are submitted e.g. the form and product placed in separate envelopes or plastic wallets, the form attached to the product with a safety pin. DO NOT use paper clips or ordinary pins to hold the the application form in place. 
  • Make sure you read the ‘Terms & Conditions’ before posting entries. 
  • Every school entering the competition receives a free copy of ‘Designing for  User Needs & Design Contexts’ worth £25 (excludes photo entries). This will be emailed to the address on the application form (one copy sent per school).


Where do I send my finished entry to?

Send finished entries along with a completed application form to:

Julie Boyd, 375 Hucknall Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1FU

Remember:

  • Application forms must be attached to each entry.
  • Both pages of the application form must be completed.
  • The tin doesn’t need to be posted unless it is part of the product. 
  • Entrants are responsible for delivering their work & receipt of entries can’t be acknowledged. If proof of receipt is required it is advised entries are sent by Royal Mail ‘Signed For’ or ‘Special Delivery Guaranteed’ 
  • Make sure the package is well wrappedAn ordinary envelope is usually not sufficient and many of these type of entries arrive ripped with the products damaged. Padded envelopes work best. Wrapping packages with lots of tape also helps make them stronger.


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Don’t want to part with your product? Why not send a photo entry? Photo entries can’t win a prize but will be considered for inclusion on the website. Email your photos & application form to julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS OF OUR COMPETITION

 Husqvarna Viking  


Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham 


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