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Students get creative in Honeywell User Experience Design Studio

This week, a group of Year 10 Smart Product Design students were selected to go on a reward trip as a part of activities week.

Students were selected based on their hard working attitude to learning and excellent effort with coursework, and were given the opportunity to visit the Honeywell HUE Design Studio in Bracknell.

The day began with a briefing from one of Honeywell’s Global Product Managers, John Bradshaw, who gave some information about the company and the types of products they make. Students learnt about the power of the connected world and how everyday products help to connect us with other parts of the globe.

Following the morning briefing, students entered the Honeywell User Experience Design Studio; a fantastic open space for creative design thinking and collaborative working. Students were divided into small teams and tasked with a brief to design a product for the connected world. They were supported throughout the day by Stephanie Mitchell (Director of Industry Relations) and Sarah-Louise Long (Learning Support Assistant), as well as a number of the Honeywell Design team.

The product design students had to consider three significant areas of their design, before presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. These were; customer and the product desirability, business and the product viability, and technology and the product feasibility. Students came up with a plethora of ideas, from interactive walls to sensored door mats, and all students presented confidently and with clarity.

At the end of the day, each team was awarded with a prize and there was a fantastic effort from all involved. The design team at Honeywell were very impressed with the ideas from our students and could see the viability in our current connected world. One director commented: “The students are a credit to you and to UTC Reading”.

The day was a huge success and we would like to thank Gerard Jorna (HUE EMEA Director) and John Bradshaw (Global Product Manager) for organising, as well as Dean Butcher and David Kynoch for their creative contributions throughout the activity.

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