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Take up the challenge to highlight your D&T successes

Made Here Now is urging teachers and lecturers to promote the great work of their Design and Technology students by taking part in the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is running this challenge as a way to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum as well as to better understand the challenges that education is facing and how they might be able to assist through collaboration.

The competition has four categories and is open to anyone in the UK who has created an impressive Design & Technology project within school.

The categories are:

Individual student aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2)

Individual student aged 17-19 (A-Level/BTEC L3)

Student group (3- 6 members) aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2)

Student group (3-6 members) aged 17-19 (A-Level/BTEC L3)

Steve Adams, project director for Made Here Now, says: “MTA is one of our many Phase Two sponsors and I am delighted they are running this competition which will further help us to develop our initiative that aims to encourage more young people into manufacturing as a career.

“I know from work we have already done with Design and Technology teachers that there are some fantastic examples of innovation in our schools and colleges and we want to work with them to not only celebrate success but also develop this further by ensuring they have the resources they need.

“Entering this competition will enable schools and colleges to highlight their achievements and there are also fabulous prizes for the winners including an iPad, GoPro, Minirig, Drone plus many more. The winning school in each category will also win £1,000 of vouchers to spend on D&T equipment for the classroom.

“Finalists will get a tour of a modern manufacturing plant and the opportunity to build links with their local engineering firms which, in previous years, has led to many being offered apprenticeships or scholarships as a result so this could be a life-changing step for many.

“The fact the MTA will also be using this competition to better understand how other organisations such as Made Here Now can further support students is also to be welcomed and we look forward to working with them in the future to get even more young people interested in manufacturing as a career,” he added.  

The closing date for the TDI Challenge is Friday 12 May 2017 and only one application per student or group can be accepted.

Find out how to enter here and don’t forget to follow updates on Twitter @MTA_Education #TDIChallenge