Designer ‘jumping for joy’
Year nine chemistry pupils at Chesham Grammar School were asked to design a poster for the Curious About Copper competition. ISHA LALLI, who won second prize out of 500 entries, reports
ABOUT two months ago I was given a homework task to create a poster about copper and its uses, which was a national competition called Curious About Copper, run by the Copper Development Association. We had a choice between Electronics and Communication, Health and Medicine and Buildings and Design.
I chose Buildings and Design as it is closely linked with design and technology, which I take a keen interest in. Miss Thoday, my chemistry teacher, was excited to give us this opportunity as we had a chance of winning the competition.
In chemistry lessons at school I had already become curious about this subject as my parents work in the building and design industry. I did not think much of the homework and at first did it so I would not get into trouble. As I was looking into the subject I surprisingly found it very interesting. Overall it took me about two days to complete the homework and I was pretty impressed about how much I had learned.
When I found out I had achieved runner up I was literally jumping for joy as I did not expect to win £50 for just doing my homework. I was also proud that the chemistry department received £250 and I could see Miss Thoday grinning from ear to ear about my achievement. To be honest, I am still quite surprised that I won out of more than 500 entrants, considering it was just a piece of homework, but it goes to show that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything!
Isha Lalli won second prize in the Curious About Copper poster competition