Students design new ways to play
SOUTH Kent College design students have collaborated with a Kent manufacturer to put forward new ideas for children’s playgrounds. Plane and Simple, based in Chart Sutton near Maidstone, produce wooden playgrounds for five to 11-year-olds, and are looking for new concepts they can manufacture. Nigel Moon, owner of the company said: “We’ve shown them how to transfer a great idea into something that is practical to make in our workshop. “I think they struggled at the start to understand the constraints of working with wood, but if they don’t get to grips with that then their dreams would never become reality.” Students visited the firm’s workshop to see how their proposals could be turned into real playground equipment, after making scale models and producing a presentation of their ideas. Themes were inspired by everything from outer space to dinosaurs. Student Ben Hillar, from Ashford, incorporated nesting boxes and feeding areas for different animals at different heights in his scheme. Plane and Simple presented each student with a £25 iTunes voucher to thank them for their work.
Lecturer Martin Dodkins, back row right, with students from the college and their creations