Ely pupils take on asthma challenge with University of Cambridge to design packaging to lessen anxiety for children

PUBLISHED: 16:48 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 21 September 2018

Students presented with plaque and certificate at the Starpack National Awards, IOM3, London. Lilia Cassam (Year 7 Ely College), Melanie Smith (Designing our Tomorrow), Sara Nelson (Healthy London Partnership, NHS). Photo: Submitted

Students presented with plaque and certificate at the Starpack National Awards, IOM3, London. Lilia Cassam (Year 7 Ely College), Melanie Smith (Designing our Tomorrow), Sara Nelson (Healthy London Partnership, NHS). Photo: Submitted

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Pupils from Ely College were set a challenge to design a packaging solution to ease anxiety that infants may face when treating asthma for the first time.

Students had to juggle various requirements, as instructed by the department of engineering, to ensure their solution would be suitable for any situation that may trigger an asthma attack and require immediate care or treatment wherever the child was.

The initiative was worked up with Cambridge Science Centre, Designing our Tomorrow (DOT) and the University of Cambridge faculty of education.

Cambridge Science Centre approached six schools to take part in the challenge, across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk, reaching more than 300 key stage 3 students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK currently diagnosed with asthma and 1.1 million of those are infants.

The lessons were taught over a six to 12 week period during their usual timetabled D&T lessons.

Winning students were presented with a prize certificate and plaque followed by a trip on the London eye and tour of London.

Both Cambridge Science Centre and DOT held a regional awards ceremony at the department of engineering back in May, prior to the national awards at IOM3, Euston head quarters on the June 25.

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