MTA – in­vest­ing in youth

Motor Sport News - - Engineering Supplement -

While the pri­mary func­tion of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (MTA) over the course of its near-100 year his­tory has been to serve and rep­re­sent its mem­bers, its re­mit ex­tends far be­yond sim­ply lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment.

The MTA is re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing the bi­en­nial MACH show, the UK’S big­gest ex­hi­bi­tion of ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and takes an ac­tive role in in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of pi­o­neer­ing de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers through its Tech­nol­ogy, De­sign and In­no­va­tion (TDI) Chal­lenge.

Held since 2003, the TDI Chal­lenge en­cour­ages as­pir­ing en­gi­neers in the 14-16 and 17-19 age brack­ets from schools and col­leges across the coun­try to sub­mit in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to a panel of ex­pert MTA judges. For the first time, group projects for teams of three to six stu­dents will also be ad­mit­ted to help foster col­lab­o­ra­tive skills.

The fi­nal will be held at Mazak’s Worces­ter plant in July, where among other cri­te­ria the cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion of the con­cept, qual­ity of man­u­fac­ture and com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity will de­cide the win­ner. For­mer win­ners in­clude a bi­cy­cle phone charg­ing sys­tem, wa­ter heat­ing stove for out­door ex­pe­di­tions and an in­tu­itive cy­cle hel­met.

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