Schools rise to the Eco Challenge

Internationally renowned designers will descend on 20 schools in the North-East after they were shortlisted for prizes in the Dott 07 Eco Design Challenge.

Internationally renowned designers will descend on 20 schools in the North-East after they were shortlisted for prizes in the Dott 07 Eco Design Challenge.

Dott 07 - which stands for Designs of the Time 2007 - is a year-long project exploring how the North-East can improve its sustainability through good design.

The Eco Design Challenge has been running since last September and has involved thousands of students establishing the carbon footprint of their school, identifying problem areas and then developing design briefs to address these issues. Of the 86 schools that originally registered, 38 briefs from 20 schools in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside are now going forward to the next stage of the competition, which will see students working with professional designers to turn their ideas into reality.

Final design submissions will be made by schools in July, with the best going on to an "eco design projects factory" which will be the centrepiece of the Dott 07 Festival from October 15-28.

Project manager Nick Devitt said: "We have been overwhelmed by the interest that this project has generated, from schools across the North-East. More than 15,000 students have got involved in some way and it was a really exciting job shortlisting design briefs to submissions from just 20 schools. "

Shortlisted schools include Allendale Middle, Ponteland Middle and Cleaswell Hill School in Northumberland, Walker Technology College in Newcastle, plus Lord Lawson and Dryden School in Gateshead along with three schools in North Tyneside, four in Sunderland and three in County Durham.

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