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The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is delighted to launch the 2024 edition of their flagship competition for D&T and engineering students, the Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge.

The competition is free to enter, you can use your school/college Design and Technology coursework or develop a new idea, and students can win a range of prizes including a day out to watch a Cup Motorsport Race Day with UWR for the top 3 entries and Schools & Colleges have the chance to win prizes to spend on D&T and Engineering equipment and activities

Deadline date for entries: 7 June 2024



The 2024 TDI Challenge is open to all young people aged 14-19. It is an opportunity to showcase your creative talent to an industry that relies upon vision and innovation.

We need you to come up with your own design for a new product or concept, explain its application and produce a video, no longer than 2 minutes, to demonstrate how and why your invention will benefit users.

You can use your Design and Technology coursework from school/college for your entry or you can enter a completely different idea if you prefer. Cardboard mock-ups and CAD models are all accepted.

 There will be photography/videography, attending this event means you consent to photos being taken and that they can be used for publication and online.


This event will happen on the 10th July 2024 at Yamazaki Mazak facility in Worcester. Judges will pick several finalists from the video entries by the end of May 2024.

These finalist will then be notified and invited to come and present their idea/concept in more detail at an event with a winner being chosen on the day.


The Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge
offers school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to an industry that relies upon the creativity and innovation of its designers and engineers.

  • Open to students aged 14-19

  • Individuals and groups can enter

  • Submit your existing D&T  and Engineering project – no extra work required!

  • Schools and Colleges can submit multiple entries

  • Students can win a range of prizes including a day out to watch a Cup Motorsport Race Day with UWR

  • Prizes for Schools and Colleges to spend on D&T and Engineering equipment and activities

  • Prizes for Students will be Amazon vouchers

Individuals Students £400, £300, £200
Schools/colleges £1000, £800, £700
Groups Students £300
Schools/colleges £400
All participants Students £50

These prizes may be subject to change depending on the number of entries and finalists.



  • Research – we want to know why you were inspired to work on your project and how you went about it.
  • Innovation – what new ideas or tweaks to existing designs did you include in your project and why?
  • Development – How did your design develop, what changes did you make that worked and that didn’t work?
  • Solution – what is your final product and what would you like to do with it next?


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“Winning the TDI Challenge with my Bionic Arm Brace and Rehabilitation Glove project has been incredibly momentous. I’d like to especially mention the support of my parents and teachers, because without them this simply wouldn’t have been possible. Not only was it a competition, but the Mazak factory tour was very inspirational and I was awestruck with what machines are capable of. It was my first time attending and event like the TDI National Final, or even making an YouTube video to enter, in fact. With all the uncertainty and lack of experience, it did seem a little daunting at the start. However, the nerves did begin to settle down and I had an incredible time seeing other students’ work and presenting mine to the judges. I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to compete at such a level, because the TDI Challenge is a fantastic way to show to employers and universities my passion for Engineering”

Bhavy Metakar

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