The final of the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) flagship school’s competition, the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge was held at the European headquarters of Yamazaki Mazak in Worcester early July.
The TDI Challenge invites all students from across UK to submit either their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC design and technology course work projects, which are then judged by a panel of experts from the industry made up of MTA members. Divided in two groups, the 14-16 year olds and 17-19 year olds, a change this year is an overall winner in each age group and a prize for the best use of manufacturing technology and another for best innovation was awarded as well. For the first time, there was also a People’s Vote prize awarded by a vote of all attendees at the event.
Stewart Lane, Renishaw's Corporate Manager, Chair of MTA Education and Development Committee and Chair of the judging panel for the competition, said: “The final of the TDI is always an inspiring event. The range of technologies used in both the design and manufacture of the projects was genuinely impressive.”
The winner in each category received an individual prize (including iPads, Go Pro cameras, Minirig speakers and drones) as well as up to £2,000 funding for their schools to spend on new design and technology equipment for the classroom.
Mike Falconer, MTA Education and Development Manager noted: “TDI gives students the opportunity to create something unique.” Participants also demonstrate how the whole manufacturing process is considered, from design to construction and how to market the product, Falconer added.
Chris Kalogroulis from Sutton Grammar School, who won in the 17-19 category, is a two-time winner of the TDI Challenge, having won in the 14-16 category in 2016. “It was such a big bonus for Flip to win the TDI Challenge. I’m going to try and develop the clock further and see how it turns out and I’m considering trying to sell it,” Kalogroulis said. He added that winning two award-winning products has had a massive impact on his engineering and academic life, and that it played a huge part in the success of his winning products.
The list of winners of the 14-16 age group:
Best overall - Oscar Chainey, Sutton Grammar School for his “OC chair project”.
Best innovation – Ella Freeman, Henrietta Barnett School for her “sole in one project”.
Best use of manufacturing technology – Patricia Cheung, Brighton College for her “collapsible cello chair”.
Winners of the 17-19 age group:
Best overall – Chris Kalogroulis, Sutton Grammar School for his “Flip magnetic clock”.
Best innovation – Chloe Lee, Henrietta Barnett School for her “hummingbird asssistive device for Parkinson sufferers”.
Best use of manufacturing technology – Georgina Edwards, St Peter’s School, York, for her “a CAM project”.
Best group project went to Westcliff High School for Boys for “Blakiston anti-interference turret”.
And People’s Vote – Isabelle Clark, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls –for “portable activity centre”.