Even UK: The technology, design and innovation challenge is back

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship school competition, the TDI (Technology, Design and Innovation) Challenge 2019 is now open for entries.

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Robbie MacIsaac, 2018 winner of the 17-19 age category, with his winning entry – a Flux Blowpipe design that reduces the amount of moisture gathering in bagpipes, blowpipes when in use.
Robbie MacIsaac, 2018 winner of the 17-19 age category, with his winning entry – a Flux Blowpipe design that reduces the amount of moisture gathering in bagpipes, blowpipes when in use.
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TDI Challenge organisers, MTA, says this national competition in the UK encourages students to submit their existing coursework projects, which will be part of their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC qualifications.

Mike Falconer, Education and Development Manager at MTA said: “We’re amazed by all the fantastic projects that are submitted every year.” He added that the competition offers students a platform to create something unique using their imagination, and the level of skill and application of manufacturing processes are always astounding. TDI was the first step towards a career in manufacturing and engineering for many former winners and entrants, Falconer noted as well.

There will be four prize categories: Two in each age group of 14-16 and 17-19. Of the two prizes per age group, one is for the individual and the other for the group project for groups with 3-6 members. Winners in each category will receive individual prizes, which includes iPads, GoPro cameras, Minirig speakers and drones as well as up to £2,000 for funding new design and technology equipment for the classroom.

The TDI Challenge is open to students living in the United Kingdom and entries submitted must be current coursework. The closing date for entries is 15 May and only one application per student or group will be accepted. Schools are permitted to submit multiple students. Students, however, cannot enter both the individual and group categories. Finalists will be notified by 7 June.

(Source: MTA)

A panel of judges will select the top twenty projects at Yamazaki Mazak's European Technology Centre, Worcester, on 3 July – a must-attend event for all finalists together with their finished projects. A highlight for finalists will also be a guided tour of the European Technology Centre.

This article was first published by ETMM.

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