During Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2021 (BMW21), schools were invited to participate in a competition to develop a waste recycling unit.
Students were given the challenge of designing and manufacturing their own waste recycling units which would be used at their school or college. The breif detailed how the designs should be practical yet fun; encouraging their peers to recycle instead of throwing away.
The competition judges were captivated by the entries and impressed by how students had immersed themselves into the world of manufacturing to create such innovative solutions.
The winners were presented with their certificates at a small presentation event at each school.
The Yr 10-13 entry from Oastler school students focused on recycling crisp packets, developing a prototype based on an old fashioned mangle, which was upgraded to use an old laminator to feed the packet through the rollers, simultaneously collecting and processing them. The next innovation involved the Crisp Packet Project, a group of volunteers using this waste as a resource. The packets were converted and made into survival blankets and bivvy bags for people living on the streets, with the advantage of them being waterproof and thermally insulating.
Category: Yr 7-9
· Joint 1st: Beckfoot Thornton
· Joint 2nd: Beckfoot Thornton
Category: Yr 10-13
· 1st: Oastler School
· 2nd: Bradford Alternative Provision
· 3rd: Bradford Alternative Provision
BMW21 would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: Barclays, E3 Recruitment, Naylor Wintersgill, Bradford Council and LCF Law.