Design Ventura is a free, annual design challenge for students in years 9, 10 and 11, run by the Design Museum and supported by Deutsche Bank as part of their global youth engagement programme Born to Be.
Taking a competition format, students are challenged to design a new product for the Design Museum Shop. Teachers deliver the project in their schools, giving students the chance to tackle a real-world design brief and develop creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and enterprise skills, aligned to the national curriculum.
Each year the top ten shortlisted schools are invited to the Design Museum to pitch their product ideas to a panel of expert judges. The winning idea is then made and sold in the Design Museum Shop, with all proceeds going to a charity of the team’s choosing.
Since Design Ventura launched in 2010, it has seen over 92,500 students from 1,500 schools participate and raised more than £13,000 for charity.
•Free teacher CPD sessions
•Free online resources, including workshop plans and films
•Free museum workshops supported by design and industry professionals for UK state schools
•Flexible project structure that can be run in lessons, as an extra-curricular activity, a STEM/STEAM project or towards CREST award or Arts Mark
•Support from the Design Ventura team
•All participating students receive certificates
•The top ten ideas are displayed in a public exhibition at the Design Museum
•The winning team will work with professional designers to see their idea manufactured and sold in the Design Museum shop
‘I will be doing this project again. It gives a brilliant insight into the complexity of designing from a brief (good preparation for the NEA contextual challenges) and a wonderful opportunity for working as a group.’ Participating Teacher 2019/2020
'It made me realise that there is a lot more to designing than I originally thought and gave me a better idea of how the GCSE course work will be.' Participating Student 2019/2020
• Students in years 9, 10 and 11
• Both UK secondary schools and British international schools can register for the project
• Minimum of 4 students per school, no maximum
• D&T, A&D, Business & Enterprise Students and related creative subjects
• International and Independent schools are welcome to participate but compete for a different, separate prize.