Welcome to the PaperWorks Design & Technology for Cardboard Packaging unit, a graphics-based resource for 11 to 14 year olds.
The resource challenges young people to respond to a realistic packaging design brief, by creating a logo and brand, then designing a packaging solution based on the ‘shelf-ready packaging’ (SRP) requirements that are now commonly specified by customers of the cardboard packaging industry.
There are four different briefs so you can adapt the resource to the varying needs of your class. Students can work individually, in pairs or small teams and we expect the project to take three or four lessons, but you can adapt it as you see fit to meet your own needs.
During their work, students reflect on the aesthetic, economic and environmental values of cardboard packaging, create and assess prototypes and use hand drawing, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) systems to model their ideas.
You can request free samples to assist with project work. Send your name and school address to firstname.lastname@example.org
The resource contains:
- Three short videos
- Teaching notes (PDF)
- Four student design briefs (PDF)
- Background information (PDF)
Design and Technology for Cardboard Packaging Competition
Our annual competition is taking a break, but will return even bigger and better……
We are keen to refresh the competition and make it more challenging, fun and rewarding for KS3 students and schools alike.
So, the next Design and Technology for Cardboard Packaging Competition will be launched in the 2018/19 academic year.
If you want to be alerted directly when the next competition is launched please email
Go to the news page to find out the winners of the 2016-17 Cardboard Packaging Competition.
Other useful links:
- Corrugated Packaging – An Introduction
- Corrugated Packaging – Key Facts
- The Case for Corrugated
- Paper Industry Facts and Figures
- CartonVille – virtual tour