For over a decade the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, has been shining a light on young designers and engineers. The nationwide competition for schools aims to encourage teenagers to recognise the opportunities of a career in engineering and further develop their practical knowledge of modern manufacturing.
This year’s TDI Challenge final took place on Wednesday 6 July at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester. The competition was open to all Design and Technology (D&T) students from across the UK. From these entries a shortlist of twelve finalists were chosen by the MTA’s Learning and Development Committee to attend the final judging day and award ceremony in Worcester.
The judging was split into two age groups; 14-16 years old and 17-19 years old, with one winner and two runners-up chosen from each group. The finalists impressed the judges with the high calibre of design projects and the engineering talent on show.
In the 14-16 year old category the award was won by Christopher Kalogroulis from Sutton Grammar School with his Stackamals project – a unique range of animals created from laser cut sheets of MDF, that can be used to store valuables.
The judges felt that Christopher’s project was a well-engineered finished project. They were impressed that Christopher had created a good brand that was commercially ready.
Christopher 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”.
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In addition to this magnificent achievement Chris, who is currently studying Product Design, also got into the finals of The Big Bang Fair Competition being held at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2017. Chris has worked extremely hard to achieve this in his own time at home and in the Design and Technology Department at school. We are all very proud of his achievements and wish him the best of luck in the Big Bang Fair finals next year.
For more information on Stackamals please see product information video using the following link: