Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge

TDI Challenge 2012Twitter: #tdichallenge

The MTA's TDI Challenge exists to help teachers and lecturers to promote the great work of their D&T and Engineering students and to celebrate the creativity and innovation taking place inside the curriculum. In turn, the competition helps our industry to better understand the challenges that education is facing and how we might be able to assist through collaboration.

Anyone aged 14-19 who has created an impressive Design & Technology project within school.

Why not? It's free and there's nothing to lose, and you could win a iPad or a graphics tablet. Plus, finalists get a tour of a modern manufacturing plant and the opportunity to build links with their local engineering firms.

Simply download an application form here or at the bottom of this page, and send one or two pages of your project with a completed application, to:

TDI Challenge
Learning & Development Department
Manufacturing Technologies Association
62 Bayswater Road
London, W2 3PS

Applications are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the top twelve projects to attend the TDI Challenge Final hosted at Yamazaki Mazak's European Technology Centre in Worcester on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

The chosen finalists display their portfolio of work in Mazak's atrium, and give a brief presentation to the judging panel who will decide the overall prize winners.

All finalists will receive a guided tour of the European Technology Centre, and a presentation certificate and goodie bag to take home.

Schools are offered press-release templates and photographs from the day to assist in their own local profile-raising.

(one application per student please)

Friday 13th May 2016




  • Nicolas Avaamides - Tonbridge School
  • Jordan Moss - Balcarras School
  • Emily Quinn- St Edmund Arrowsmith High School
  • Alisha Read - Wallington High School for Girls
  • Geoffrey Sheir - Tonbridge School


  • Nabil Ahmed - The Bridge Academy
  • Thomas Allington - Chipping Sodbury School
  • Victoria Taylor - Balcarras School
  • George Wainwright - Sedburgh School
  • Alice Wise - Balcarras School
  • Jack Whitefoot - Royal Grammar School Worcester


14-16 Age Group

1st – Geoffrey Sheir (Tonbridge School), Beep Trainer
An adapted version of a beep trainer for use in exercise. 

2nd – Jordan Moss (Balcarras School), Alarm Bag
Bag with in-built alarm and sensor to alert the owner to attempted theft.

3rd – Nicolas Avaamides (Tonbridge School), Military Style Amplifier
A touch-controlled, automatic, variable, rechargable desk fan.

17-19 Age Group

1st – Victoria Taylor (Balcarras School), Electrigrow
A Hydroponic Lighting System

2nd – Geroge Wainwright (Sedburgh School), Hydraulic Bale Spike
A hydraulic bale spike which can attached to a JCB.

3rd – Jack Whitefoot (Royal Grammar School Worcester), The Beacon
An emergency signalling device.

Winners and finalists were presented with prizes ranging from iPads, Amazon Kindles and graphics tablets, as well as Raspberry Pi's, and all attendees were treated to a tour of Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre and Manufacturing Facility. 

You can download the press release below. Please contact Laura Pickering for photography from the day, or see a selection of images in our gallery.

Free to enter and no additional work required

iPads, Kindles and Graphics Tablets to be won

If you have any questions regarding the TDI Challenge please contact Laura Pickering on 020 7298 6400 or alternatively send an email via the contact us section of this website.

The TDI Awards are organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association – a UK trade association representing the interests of firms involved in engineering based manufacturing and promoting the industry as a whole.