Technology, Design and Innovation Challenge

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TDI Challenge 2015 now open for entries!

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 Wednesday 8 July 2015.

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 5th June 2015




  • Matthew Burton - The Corbett School
  • Hannah Danks - Haybridge High School & Sixth Form
  • Natasha Jones - Wallington High School for Girls
  • Colm McDonald - Merchiston Castle School
  • Ben Murray - Balcarras School
  • Tom Newbery - Balcarras School


  • Alexander Bloom - Hampton School
  • Chris Fall - Budmouth College
  • Dylan Grey - Hampton School
  • Bethan O'Brien - Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
  • Charlie Smith - Sedbergh School
  • Victoria Taylor - Balcarras School


14-16 Age Group

1st – Ben Murray (Balcarras School), EasyCam
A hand held stabiliser for filming on a mobile phone.

2nd – Colm McDonald (Merchiston Castle School), Smart-Mirror
A mirror that can display information via an in-built screen.

3rd – Matthew Burton (The Corbett School), Military Style Amplifier
An amplifier for MP3 devices designed to look like a military radio.

17-19 Age Group

1st – Charlie Smith (Sedburgh School), SOLA
An outdoor expedition water boiler decreasing the time/energy required to heat water. 

2nd – Victoria Taylor (Balcarras School), Go-Bag
An integrated lighting system for cyclists built into a rucksack, to improve visibility at night.

3rd – Alexander Bloom (Hampton School), Prosthetic Swimming Aid 
A prosthesis for a recreational swimmer.

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.