Starpack school pupil entry continues towards clinical testing in NHS

29 Jan 2020

A previous winner of the IOM3 Schools Starpack Awards has undertaken various design and development iterations with healthcare specialists from both the NHS (Healthy London Partnership – who run a large Asthma Campaign across London) and AIR, (an asthma charity run by Doctors and respiratory specialists) to take the design to full application, driven by the Designing Our Tomorrow  (DOT) Team at the University of Cambridge, who set the initial challenge.

The design, created by Sascha Entwistle, a student at Wimbledon High School, is a simple but incredibly effective mask, which was first submitted to the IOM3 Starpack Competition back in 2017. The competition, first established in 1964, challenges students from a wide range of courses, some with a graphics emphasis and others concerned with structural/product design, as well as those from materials/technology courses, to submit solutions to problems set by brand-leading FMCG companies, design agencies, and manufacturers – and win recognition of their excellence.

‘My experience in taking part in the Starpack Awards has been very informative, interesting and a good insight as to what the design process entails. Students thinking of entering this project should know that it is fun but challenging at the same time and there is a lot of freedom to express your ideas and possibly develop them further with experienced professionals,’ said Sascha. 

Discussions and meetings are currently taking place around the asthma journey and how the design is best placed to ensure maximum compliance with infants. Both AIR & DOT at Cambridge are in the process of organising a small focus group with Sascha that will include asymptomatic infant asthma patients, parents and healthcare professionals. Following this and receiving sign off, they will proceed with initial testing of the design in 2 London NHS Hospitals.

This year’s Starpack Student and Schools Competition is open for entry with the deadline closing on Friday 13 March 2020. Briefs for designs include luxury fragrance pack, packaging to help reduce consumer food waste, E-Commerce Pack and plastic into paper.

To enter or to find out more, visit


Register entries online on or before – 13 March 2020

Submission of pack – 27 March 2020

Results – April 2020

Awards presentation – 24 June 2020

We are delighted to have sponsorship for the awards from Logoplaste, Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, Rigid Containers, Klockner Pentaplast, Smurfit Kappa, RPC, Graphic Packaging International

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Notes to editors

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution and is the professional body for the advancement of materials, minerals and mining to governments, industry, academia, the public and the professions. For more information visit

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