26th April 2018
Innovation and creativity is on display at York College with a ‘Promoting health and fitness’ project by students studying A Level Design and Technology (Product Design).
As designers of the future, first year A Level students rose to the challenge of developing a diverse variety of products, spaces and environments to provide efficient, functional and enjoyable ways of promoting health and fitness. Their interesting ideas show ways of promoting health and fitness with multi-function equipment for exercise/recreation and multi-purpose leisure spaces/environments.
Students considered the lifestyles of specific groups of people, their daily routines, the places and spaces where they live, work and socialise, and how these factors can influence design.
Student Keir Bennie, formerly of Selby High School, has produced gym equipment with wheelchair exercise cables, his multi-functional design is suitable for both wheelchair and able-bodied people. He says: “There is a real market opportunity for inclusive gym equipment, as currently there is very little available”
Charlotte Pennington, also formerly of Selby High School, designed an outdoor gym out of shipping containers, to encourage people of all ages to get active. Charlotte says: “Having a space, using recycling materials, where children, parents and older people can have their own individual space to exercise, is really important in today’s society.”
Whereas student Jack Thompson, formerly of Manor C of E Academy, researched the concept of an eco-gym and café. He designed a model that is fully self-sustainable with solar panels, water turbines and with energy produced by the gym users. He adds: “I wanted to show the environmental benefits of innovative design, where all natural resources are used, plus the energy produced by the gym equipment itself.”
Design & Technology tutor Sarah Savory explains: “As lifestyles change, more people are looking for ways to keep healthy as part of their daily routine. They may do this by making small changes to their lifestyle to improve their fitness, leading to some innovative and unconventional approaches taken by designers. Products, equipment, promotional material, environments and spaces are being designed to include approaches to keeping fit and healthy as part of peoples’ daily routine.”