New Design Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools Launched

Schools throughout the Island of Ireland are invited to get involved in a Design Challenge.
Schools throughout the Island of Ireland are invited to get involved in a Design Challenge.

The Creativity Hub Launches The Extraordinaires Design Challenge 

 A challenge and an invitation all in one has been handed down to primary and secondary school pupils throughout the Island of Ireland. The new, product design competition ‘The Extraordinaires Design Challenge’ will be open for submissions from April 7th – 18th.
With a wide variety of schools – and the talent therein – in the Castleisland catchment area we thought we should bring the opportunity to their attention.
The contest challenges students to become product designers for The Extraordinaires – a range of characters made extraordinary by their job, their environment or their appearance. Participants must use their imagination, creativity and problem solving skills to design the ultimate object for the Extraordinaire’s extraordinary needs, for example “Design a Music Player for a Superhero”. The Creativity Hub, the Belfast based company behind the globally successful Rory’s Story Cubes, is sponsoring the competition.
The winner of The Extraordinaires Design Challenge will win a 3D prototype of their design, while five runners up will receive a hamper of The Creativity Hub products for their class.
The Design Challenge is based on the concept of The Extraordinaires Design Studio, a game designed by The Creativity Hub. “The Extraordinaires Design Studio poses a series of design problems using characters children will identify with such as a wizard, a giant, a ninja and a fairy. It is up to the players to solve the problem in their own way,” explains Anita Murphy, director of The Creativity Hub and creator of The Extraordinaires.
“Children today live in a very fast-moving, fast-changing world. They need to be able to think laterally and to understand that there may not be a single right answer to something. We set ourselves the task of designing a game that would teach these concepts in a playful way while stimulating discussion and fostering empathy and creativity. The Extraordinaires Design Challenge stems from this and we hope to promote these design skills by bringing the Extraordinaires to children all over the island.”
To find out how to enter and for more information visit
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For more information, contact:
Alison Duff, The Creativity Hub
The Creativity Hub Ltd
Studio 6 Alexander House,
17 Ormeau Avenue