Submissions for the 2017 edition of the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship schools competition for young engineers, are now open.
There are four prize categories to be judged, two in each age group which are 14-16 and 17-19. Each age category have two prizes up for grabs for individual and group projects. The winner in each category will receive an individual prize (including iPads, GoPro cameras, Minirig speakers and drones) as well as a £1000 voucher for their school to spend on Design and Technology (D&T) equipment for the classroom.
Laura Pickering, MTA Education and Development Co-ordinator, said “We’re really excited about starting to receive entries for this year’s TDI Challenge, there are a lot of talented students out there and this competition gives them a platform to showcase their hard work.”
“We also want to recognise the hard work D&T teachers put in to inspiring the next generation of young engineers and we feel the £1000 prize for new classroom equipment will ensure these teachers are well placed to continue to be inspirational.”
The competition has been running for over a decade and is open to Design and Technology students aged 14-19. The national competition encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which would go towards either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.
The group aspect of the TDI challenge is an expansion on previous years and allows group entries of 3-6 students in either age category. It is particularly suitable for University Technical Colleges (UTCs) and STEM club group work projects.
The TDI Challenge is supported by the Design and Technology Association.
Submissions for 2017 are now open and all entries must be received by 12th May 2017. An expert judging panel made up of industry experts will choose the 12 individual project finalists and the 8 group finalists, who will be notified by Friday 9th June 2017 if they have succeeded in being selected for the final judging day.
The final itself will be held at the European Headquarters of MTA Members Yamakazi Mazak at their state of the art facility in Worcester on Wednesday 5th July 2017. The chosen finalists display their portfolio of work in Mazak's atrium, and give a presentation to the judging panel who will decide the overall prize winners.