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2023 Study Programme Chair Challenge

Our class of 2023 students went head to head in the ultimate Chair Challenge! In the Academy last...

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Our class of 2023 students went head to head in the ultimate Chair Challenge!

Study Programme Chair Challenge | Didac

In the Academy last week, saw the students split into 3 groups. Each group got given the challenge to design, plan and build a chair inspired by their favour film. They had a limited amount of resources and had to use their team building skills along with all the knowledge they have gained on the Study Programme to create a winning piece of furniture.

First up they each designed their chair, factoring in the resources and materials they would need, and figuring out measurements and practicalities. Next up they made a miniature proto type of their designs.

Finally, it was time to get down to the big build! Each team worked tirelessly creating their masterpieces from scratch, ensuring it was strong and stable, useable, and as close to their prototypes as possible. They even each created a secret compartment hidden within their chairs!

The final results were incredible! Taking inspiration from Lord of the Rings, Shrek and Fast & Furious, each chair was unique, imaginative and met the spec perfectly! The trainers and staff were the judges, marking them on their technical skills, communication, focus, creativity, and suitability. With the winner finally being revealed at the end of the day on Friday. We were pleased to announce the winner of the Chair Challenge was… The Lord of the Rings Chair!

It was a great achievement from all students, the hard work and dedication showed in their projects and it was a great effort all round.