Budding manufacturers from a Lancashire school competed to design and make a new cake or dessert product.
Pupils from Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland reached the Make it Enterprising Challenge grand final.
The competition of schools across the North of England was to design and make a new product for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Balshaw’s team created a cupcake design, each featuring an iconic athlete or sporting event on the packaging.
They wanted to create a high-end product that would show off the prestige of the games, and would run a competition to win tickets to the games in the run up to the events.
The Make It Enterprising Challenge grand final, led by The Manufacturing Institute and sponsored by Premier Foods, challenged schools from across the North of England to set up their own mini manufacturing businesses and design and market their product.
The year-long competition tested the ingenuity and initiative of 13 and 14-year-olds.
Each team took on different job roles and then completed a series of tasks, built prototypes of their products and developed a brand for their company before pitching their ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style presentation to industry experts at Premier Foods.
Stephen Melia, Make It events co-ordinator, said: “UK manufacturing is central to economic recovery, but will only be made possible by developing a next generation of talent with the right skills to work in the sector.
“The need to encourage the brightest and best young people to consider careers in manufacturing has never been more vital and this event allowed young people to see first-hand the exciting and creative careers on offer within a global manufacturing business.”
Pupils from Liverpool’s Notre Dame Catholic College were the winners.