The Manufacturing Technologies Association has developed the TDI Challenge to promote the great design and technology and engineering work of teachers and students.
The aim of the competition is to promote STEM skills and help the technology industry better understand the challenges faced in education and how the industry can assist through collaboration.
There are four categories you can enter:
individual student aged 14-16
individual student aged 17-19
student group (3-6 members) aged 14-16
student group (3-6 members) aged 17-19
The winners of each category will win prizes such as an iPad or GoPro and the schools will receive £2000 to spend on design and technology equipment. Students and teachers can submit coursework or projects that are already existing so you needn’t spend time creating a new piece of work.
If you are looking for a STEM challenge that gets pupils thinking about electricity in a real-world context then check out the new Solar Challenge from Practical Action.
Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few villages have access to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements for electricity by different people in a community and make decisions on how a fixed amount of solar cells should be allocated based on needs.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is a programme supported by the Helsington Foundation and delivered by EngineeringUK through the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme. The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge aims to reach UK secondary school students, to discover and inspire a future generation of expert engineers.
The Robot Challenge consists of a series of aviation missions. Teams try to complete as many as possible under time pressure using the unique robots that they’ve built.