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15 Mar 2017


​Still time to join the Challenge

D&T Teachers – submit your students’ work to the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge - launched by the MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association)

Closing date for entries: 12 May 2017

TDI Challenge Final: 5 July 2017

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


The TDI Challenge has four categories, and is open to anyone who has created an impressive Design & Technology project at school or college.

  • 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 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.

2016 winner of the 14-16 category, Chris Kalogroulis from Sutton Grammar School for Boys, said “it has been a really good day and a fantastic experience. I’m so pleased with the reaction to my entry, I’m going to try and get a Kickstarter campaign started online to get the product to market this summer”

Ben Noar from Highgate School was the winner of the 2016 17-19 age category, and when asked how he felt about winning said “It is quite incredible I was not expecting it at all, it is a great thing to put on my personal statement for University, and it is an experience I’ll never forget.”

For more information and to download an application form, please visit

Join the Facebook event here.

Follow us on Twitter @MTA_Education #TDIChallenge

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