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Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge

The MTA's TDI Challenge exists to help teachers and lecturers to promote the great work of their D&T students 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.

ENTIRES ARE NOW OPEN

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

  • 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)

WHY ENTER?

Why not? It's free and there's nothing to lose, students can win prizes including an iPad, GoPro, Minirig, Drone plus many more. The winning school in each category will also win £1000 of vouchers to spend on D&T equipment for the classroom. Many students enter with their existing coursework projects, so it is not necessary to spend a lot of time creating a new project, although we also welcome projects developed especially for the TDI Challenge! Plus, finalists get a tour of a modern manufacturing plant and the opportunity to build links with their local engineering firms.

Some previous winners and finalists have been offered apprenticeships or scholarships as a result of their work - this competiton really can help to shape their future.

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Please email education@mta.org.uk if you’d like to be reminded of the closing date nearer the time.  Be creative! Previous winners have included Stackamals, a spherical wheel, a hydroponic lighting system, a sports device for a beep test and an outdoor expedition water boiler. Check out hte list at the bottom of the page for all previous winning projects.

There are no restrictions on the project that you enter, as long as it fits with the judging criteria.  You can see the group judging criteria and the individual judging criteria at the bottom of this page.

You will need to complete an application form (see downloads at the bottom of this page) and send it to us with one or two pages of information your project, and a couple of photos to education@mta.org.uk.  Alternatively, you can post your entries to:

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

Please note the closing date is Friday 12 May 2017, and we will only accept one application per student or group.  If you would like a reminder of the closing date nearer the time, please email education@mta.org.uk. Students cannot enter both the individual and group categories.  Finalists will be notified by Friday 9 June 2017. The TDI Challenge is open to any student living in the United Kingdom.

Applications are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the top twenty projects to attend the TDI Challenge Final hosted at Yamazaki Mazak's European Technology Centre in Worcester on Wednesday 5 July 2017. Finalists must be able to attend on this date, substitutes from the same school will not be accepted.

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, 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.

You can download a TDI Challenge poster to display in your school (see downloads at the bottom of this page).

TDI Challenge Final 2016