VCE student’s school-made device is a Top Design

Combining his design, science, technology and legal skills, Year 12 St Helena Secondary College student Christopher created the 'One Plate' electromechanical system.

'One Plate' conveniently integrates all the Learner and Probationary plates that new drivers need to display. With this technology, drivers no longer have to worry about forgetting the plates or displaying them incorrectly, which can result in a fine.

Top Designs is an annual exhibition administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in partnership with Melbourne Museum. The exhibition displays the remarkably creative and innovative work of Victoria's most exceptional VCE and VCE VET design students - many of which hint at the designs of the future - and celebrates their outstanding achievements.

Christopher has been a regular visitor to Top Designs since he was a child, and says he was 'over the moon' when he found out that 'One Plate' was selected for this year's exhibition.

'It is a huge honour. It's been a pursuit of mine from a young age,' Christopher says.

'There are so many brilliant students in Victoria and I understand the dedication, effort and motivation it takes to develop your very best work.'

Christopher's creation

Christopher created the 'One Plate' in Systems Engineering at school, which he enrolled in thanks to his older sister who studied it, and his childhood dream of exhibiting in Top Designs.

He says his other school studies also aided his creative process.

'Legal Studies was particularly useful in determining the legislation surrounding the project,' Christopher says.

Christopher is now focusing on finishing Year 12 successfully in order to go on to study law. His experience with design and creativity might play a part in his future career goals.

'I would love to pursue a career in patent law in the area of technical development, as this would employ the skills I have in this area, and also follow my dreams of studying law,' Christopher says.

Top Designs and the VCE Season of Excellence

You can see 'One Plate' and many more innovative VCE and VCE VET students' designs at the Top Designs exhibition in the Melbourne Museum until 18 July.

Other designs this year include Ballarat High School student Holly Robertson's sustainable fashion design; Buckley Park College student Millicent Cram's floral product design and RMIT TAFE student Monica Vidugiryte's thought-provoking photographic self-portraits.

For more information see Top Designs.

Top Designs is part of the VCE Season of Excellence, a five-month annual arts festival showcasing outstanding work created by VCE students from Victorian schools who are studying design, technology, multimedia and the cinematic, visual and performing arts.

Tickets are still available for the final Season of Excellence event, Top Acts at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 11 May. An evening concert, Top Acts will feature performances from Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Solo and Group Performance students and promises to be a spectacular showcase of student talent. Get your tickets.

Celebrating the arts

The stage is set for Celebrating the Arts – this year's theme of Education Week 2018.

Running from the 20 - 26 May, Education Week gives students, teachers and the community the opportunity to get involved in a range of music, dance, drama, visual art and media arts.

Celebrating the Arts reflects the Education State target of 'Learning for Life', which aims to improve learning outcomes for every child, in every classroom, in every community, to provide the best chance of success in work and in life.

Student engagement in the arts can help improve educational outcomes by boosting motivation and creativity, building confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, cooperation and collaboration as well as forging friendships and a sense of belonging.

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