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

TDI Challenge
Education & Training 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 9 July 2014.

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 23 May 2014




  • Dan Sandalls - Balcarras School
  • Rebecca Stephens - Balcarras School
  • Ellie Payne- Haybridge High School & Sixth Form
  • Hugo Buchan- Merchiston Castle School
  • Angus Loudon - Merchiston Castle School
  • Jordan Gardner - St Edmund Arrowsmith High School


  • Leo Vaughan - Balcarras School
  • Matthew Hyslop - Brentwood School
  • Mathew Tsang - Brentwood School
  • Matthew Hunter - Chipping Sodbury School
  • Joshua Cirtina- Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
  • Sophie Brown- Tendring Technology College


14-16 Age Group

1st – Dan Sandalls (Balcarras School), No More Cold Plates
A heated tray for general use, but more specifically for the elderly and hospitals.

2nd – Angus Loudon (Merchiston Castle School), Ski Bike
A ski bike for recreational use in the winter.

3rd – Ellie Payne (Haybridge High School & Sixth Form), Eco Jewellery- Charm Bracelet
A charm bracelet inspired by an eco-theme. A large number of different techniques being employed to create individual charms.

17-19 Age Group

1st – Matthew Hunter (Chipping Sodbury School), Bicycle Phone Charger
Eco-friendly smart phone charger for a bicycle using a wheel mounted charging system. 

2nd – Leo Vaughan (Balcarras School), Long-board Lighting System
An integrated lighting system for longboard/skateboard, to improve visibility at night

3rd – Joshua Cirtina- (Ripley St Thomas CE Academy), S-Lamp 
A modular desk lamp which can be split into 4 smaller lamps.

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 James Fudge 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 James Fudge 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.