Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Contents Left: Lujaine Hussain, Nicholas Storey and Joel Brighton.
Above: Joel’s design which placed third in the national schools design competition.
Designs from a trio of
talented RGS students have
caught the eye of judges.
Lujaine Hussain (Year 9)
Nicholas Storey (Year 10)
and Joel Brighton’s (Year 10),
pictured, detailed drawings were
showcased and judged at the
Design and Technology Teachers’
Association National Conference
in Melbourne in December as
part of the national So You Think
You Can Design? competition.
Joel placed third and won a new
printer from 3D Printing Systems.
RGS Industrial Design and
Technology teacher Mrs Kirsty
Cooper was impressed with
all three students’ work.
“Joel worked meticulously
through the development stage
using iteration in the form of
sketches and modelling to produce
the ECM (Exhaust Collection
Module) in an attempt to decrease
pollution,” Mrs Cooper said.
“Iteration is the most important
stage and designers have to
continuously evaluate and develop
their designs in order to get
the best possible outcome.”
Joel said a good design had
the ability to be an effective
solution to the problem that
it was intended to solve.
“Not only should the design
perform its function to the most
optimal level but it should also take
into account every single need
of the stakeholder,’’ Joel said.
Joel enjoys the challenges
that design work delivers,
pushing him to think of ideas
for an unfamiliar problem.
“Challenges put us to the test and
enable us to surpass our limits.
In design it is no different and I
believe some of the challenges
that I have faced throughout my
designing experience have really
empowered me to strive for a
much higher level of designing.”
Joel envisions two key areas to
producing a good design – time
and a complete understanding
of the design process.
He starts the design process by
interpreting and comprehending
the initial task before working
through a multitude of ideas
and then progressing to
the development stage.
“Throughout this development
stage, the chosen ideas are then
refined in an attempt to ensure
that they meet the needs of
the stakeholder,’’ Joel said.
Lujaine’s design followed the
brief of designing a gadget or
appliance inspired by an arthropod.
“As any good designer knows, you
have to find inspiration to inspire
your design,’’ Mrs Cooper said.
“Lujaine looked at bio-mimicry,
created mood boards and
researched existing products to
eventually develop a portable pizza
oven inspired by an armadillo,
with the cover designed like the
shell of an armadillo and retracts
in sections,’’ Mrs Cooper said.
“Additionally, Lujaine utilised
modern technology and integrated
a digital touchscreen display.”
Nicholas looked at a range of
stimulus that detailed a range
of issues from environmental,
crowded cities and transport.
Design is a collaborative
process and Nick worked with
peers to determine a range
of problems and solutions.
“He developed an extremely
innovative electromagnetic car
through the use of iteration and
has utilised annotation really
well to thoroughly explain his
idea,’’ Mrs Cooper said.
“A ll designs should have
a design criteria which the
product has to meet and
Nick provided some at the
beginning of the task. His design
decreases congestion as well
increasing fuel efficiency due
to its aerodynamic shape which
fits his criteria perfectly.”
Grace & Keeley in Qld squad
Year 11 students Grace Sypher and
Keeley Dunne have been named
in the Queensland Pathway Eight
squad and will attend the Australian
World Junior trials at Penrith in April
2019. The pair joined 45 rowers
chasing a place in the squad at
the trials held at Lake Wyaralong
in December, where they were
also joined by fellow RGS rowers
Bradley Burr, Nicholas Storey,
Riley Godwin, Reece Byrne and
Laura Sypher. Grace attended
the junior world trials last year while
this is Keeley’s first opportunity to
represent Queensland. Read more
about the trials on the RGS website
ELC Kindy classes take shape
From January, The
RGS Early Learning
will offer three
Kindy classes with
60 children in the
ELC long day Kindy classrooms on
Reservoir Street and 25 children
based on the RGS campus in
what’s known as the After Hours
classroom. Teacher Mrs Natalie Bain
will teach at RGS and Miss Alexander
and Miss Cawthray will assist.
Joining the ELC Kindy programme
is teacher Mr Ray Carrington
(pictured left). Before and After
School Care as well as Vacation
Care programmes will operate
as normal throughout the year.
Shobi Salam (Year
9) is showing wisdom
beyond her years in
the art world. RGS
Visual Art, Ms Amanda
on Shobi’s exquisite piece:
“Shobi’s amazingly realistic owl was
created using a traditional method of
hollow clay construction by wrapping
a slab of clay around an internal
newspaper structure; which burns out
during firing. Her choices of a variety
of coloured under glazes and a matte
glaze for the feathers has enhanced the
realistic effect of her bird. To contrast
she has applied a gloss on the eyes.
Shobi used a blend of clay and perlite
to create the tree trunk. She was the
first to trial this method of solid clay
construction, according to Ms Lowjen.
“Generally it is not recommended
to fire clay that exceeds a thickness
of a few centimetres due to the risk
of explosion in the kiln; the addition
of perlite allows gases to escape.
“ The finished piece is outstanding
for her age and level of experience.”
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