Sam Morley, Design and Technology Teacher
Week 7 saw the return of AISHK Dragon’s Den – the annual event for Year 12 Product Design students to pitch their design concepts to a panel of external guests. The format is influenced by the TV series Dragon’s Den & Shark Tank – at times intimidating and authentic! The panel was made up of professionals who work in business, design, or related industries.
Each student pitched their design problem and proposed a solution to the panel, which then gave a critique of the design concept in regards to marketplace viability, market need, design direction, and solution. The panel was invited to be as critical as necessary, as the feedback will assist the students in the development of their HSC Major Design Project, which is worth 60% of students’ final marks. Though presenting to a panel of industry professionals can be a daunting task, the Year 11 students were confident, clear and enthusiastic. Students can now apply the expert feedback to their Major Design Projects giving their proposed design concept an authentic marketplace analysis.
This year's Dragon’s Den included a panel which included a financier, designer, multi-national company executive, as well as an architect and a doctor. We also invited back previous HSC student Alex Khoo who is currently studying Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.
Alex was able to suggest linkages to the syllabus needs as well as share his experience in planning and managing a large scale project.
Thank you to the entire panel of Dragons for giving your time to our students. HSC Design Major Design Projects will be complete and on display in September 2020.