On Wednesday 7th March 2018 I’ll be delivering a speech at the North West Design Challenge. And what a privilege it will be, to be in the place where it all started, on its 10th Anniversary.
Before I share my speech with you all later in the week, here’s all you need to know about the Design Challenge.
The Design Challenge gives first and second year undergraduates a taste of the ‘real world’ of engineering by challenging them to design, create, present and run a device to a strict technical specification.
The Challenge enables participants to gain real-industry experience, practical employability skills and enhanced business and people skills, all within a set time frame. It is intended to complement the academic curriculum and is used by participants towards their projects.
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- Open to teams of up to five first year or second year students enrolled on an engineering course at a university in England
- Teams compete in local regional competitions in March/April, leading to a national final for the regional winners
- Students are challenged to undertake a specific project. In 2017, a repeatable vehicle, in 2018, to design, build and test an internal pipe-climber – a device to climb up the inside of a piece of vertical transparent tube lifting an increasing load.
- Gain practical design manufacturing and engineering skills for industry
- Gain business planning, budgeting and presentation skills
- Gain people and teamwork skills
- Connect and network with like-minded students
- Gain accolades for achievements
- Gain support from potential employers
- Network and connect with engineering professionals and experts
- For a chance to win up to £800 for your team.
- Generate a stronger pool of industry-ready young engineers
- Complement and encourage academic excellence via an enriched contributor towards final projects
- Accredit your course with the Institution and provide Professional Development options for your staff team.
- Be increasingly visible as a leader in inspiring the next generation
- Maximise placement/graduate recruitment opportunities
- Build a talent pool
- Consolidate support and uphold the future of engineering
- Deliver profiled and relevant brand exposure
- Be part of a growing network of industry leaders that promote innovation
Congratulations to Manchester Metropolitan University (North West Region), winners of the Design Challenge 2017 first-year competition.
Our congratulations also go to Brunel University London (Greater London Region), walk-over champions in the second-year competition.