Survival Kits At The Ready

October 1st, 2015 | School News

In the event of a humanitarian disaster, Mendip Studio School students have their survival kits at the ready.

Students at Mendip Student School were tasked by global charity, ShelterBox, to come up with a box designed to aid anyone in the face of a crisis. The brief required students to think ‘outside’ the box and create a package that would supply a family with all their basic needs should a disaster occur that stripped them of their home, water supply and basic necessities.

ShelterBox have responded to hundreds of disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries offering a range of tailored support packages, from a new mother facing conflict in Kenya or families who have lost their homes following earthquakes. ShelterBox has the highest success rate of reaching struggling nations and passing their relief packages through strict customs rules and regulations.

Students worked in teams and showcased their ideas and projects at an Expo attended by members of the Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary Club and ShelterBox representative, Peter Reid.

Craig Shaw, Group CEO of local company Advetec Global said:

‘I was so impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and depth of knowledge shown by the students during their presentations. Their designs were innovative and creative and challenged the current concepts available; it certainly gave food for thought for future development.

I presented the Rotary Big Pitch Project as their next challenge, where students will look at the commercial viability of a project called “Securing the Future” and we can’t wait to see what innovative ideas they come up with.’

Students will now be working with mentors from Midsomer Norton & Radstock Rotary and local businesses on ‘The Big Pitch’ which will challenge students to address global issues and present their ideas and models to a panel of judges.