Five pupils from the Fourth Form experienced their 15 minutes of fame when they designed a kitchen tool that won them a Design Museum award and a great deal of press attention.
Pietro Pignatti Morano Campori (School), Seth Rickard (Leconfield), Felix Winstanley (Hampden), Shiven Patel (Ryle) and Matias Paz Linares (School) were all tasked by their DT teacher to invent something that they could enter for the Design Museum’s schools design competition.
They invented the Avogo, an avocado destoner and peeler after Shiven cut his hand preparing an avocado for breakfast one morning. The slickly-designed tool caught the judges’ attention for being totally relevant to a new generation of consumers and very marketable.
Since hitting the headlines in The Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail and The Sun and launching a successful Kickstarter campaign which reached its £2,500 goal, the Avogo has since gone into production.
Now Sheffield engineering company Evenort is manufacturing the tool, with 250 having rolled out of the factory as a first batch. With a large chunk of the money being spent on the manufacture and materials plus the registering and trademarking of the design, the boys’ next task is to laser cut the packaging and label the recyclable cardboard that will enclose the Avogo.