TDI Challenge Young and talented finalists for 2017 prestigious competition announced

Editor: Briggette Jaya

UK - The finalists for the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge 2017 have been announced. The competition enables talented young people to showcase their work and helps them to understand the sophistication and dynamism of advanced manufacturing.

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Winners of the TDI Challenge 2016.
Winners of the TDI Challenge 2016.
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TDI Challenge, running for over a decade, is organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) to inspire future engineers for a career in manufacturing. Two age categories,14-16 and 17-19, with six finalist in each age group have been selected. New this time around is a group category that sees two teams competing in the 17-19 age group.

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Laura Pickering, MTA Education and Development Co-ordinator, said “We have seen an extremely high standard of entries in this year’s competition. We hope the students taking part in the final find the TDI Challenge an inspiring day. To be chosen to participate in the final this year is a huge achievement, considering the number of entries and quality of work on display. With government funding being cut for Design and Technology subjects in schools we felt that it was important to make a lasting contribution to the winning school.”

Prizes for individual and group projects in each category receive an individual prize (including iPads, GoPro cameras, Minirig speakers and drones) as well as a £1,000 voucher for the winning school in each category to spend on D&T equipment for the classroom, the organisers say.

The TDI Challenge final will take place on 5 July at MTA member Yamakazi Mazak’s headquarters in Worcester. Students submit their GCSE, A-Level or BTEC design and technology course work projects to be selected by a panel of experts from the industry.

The finalists' list can be found here.

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