Design4SDGs Design Challenge
New for Bett 2023
The Design4SDGs design challenge is a UK-wide competition for students aged 9-14, and was created to promote big thinking and innovative ideas on a large scale to help provide solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to drive grassroots innovation in schools, and will allow students to showcase their solutions and ideas using four key skills:
- Critical Thinking
The challenge will ask students to imagine solutions for today’s problems to help tomorrow’s world across three unique design challenges based on three of the SDGs:
- SDG3 - Good Health & Well-being
- SDG4 - Quality Education
- SDG13 - Climate Action
Students will work on their projects in school from October and submit their final project at the end of February for judging. Finalists will be asked to pitch their projects onstage to a panel of judges in front of all participating schools at an exciting live final at Bett UK (London, ExCeL) on 31 March 2023. Winners will receive a coveted Design4SDG trophy and exclusive prizes from our challenge partners!
Submissions for 2023 are now closed.
“Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages is essential to sustainable development.”
- Cheam Common Junior Academy, Happy Leo
- Sandbach High School, Team Voice
- Tylers Green Middle School, Team Healthy – TGMS
- Barrowford Primary School, Eric and Saffron
“Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.”
- Denbigh High School, Team SFS
- Galley Hill Primary School, The Promoters
- Sandbach High School, Live Laugh Learn
- Upton Hall School, HDC Organisation
“Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.”
- Denbigh High School, Team School Vampires
- Cheam Fields Primary Academy, Eco_Squ@d_Cheam_Fields
- Crosthwaite C of E Primary School, Sustainable Sisters
- Azbuka Russian-English Bilingual School, The Capybaras
- Kelford School, The Bee Busters
- Improving reproductive, maternal and child health
- Reduction of infectious and non-communicable diseases
- Mental health
- Environmental risks
- Health systems and funding
Can you develop an idea to promote living a healthier lifestyle for your age group?
- Ensure a minimum basic standard of education worldwide irrespective of gender
Can you develop an idea to promote schools in the UK to connect with schools in developing countries?
- Heatwaves, droughts and floods caused by climate change
- Pushes world leaders to agree to reducing emissions and minimizing global temperatures
- Being adaptative to climate-related hazards and natural disasters
Can you develop a climate action campaign to educate the public about the importance of climate change?
Live Final at Bett
Finalists will be asked to pitch their projects on The Arena stage to a panel of judges in front of all participating schools at an exciting live final at Bett UK on 31 March. Winners will receive a coveted Design4SDGs trophy and exclusive prizes from our challenge partners!
With a special performance from ELT songs
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Our judges for this year’s Design4SDGs Design Challenge are:
Clare Cox, Qualification Product Manager, Sustainability and Climate Lead, Pearson
Alison Bellwood, Creator and Director, World's Largest Lesson
Christine Ozden, Global Director, Climate Education, Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Jake Carter, CEO and Founder, ELT Songs (Planet Pop)
We would also like to thank all other participants for their wonderful submissions for the challenge: