MAN Group
Design & Make Challenge


Design & Make Challenge

The MAN Group’s Design & Make Challenge is back and bigger than ever this year, with the intention of inspiring up to fifty Year 11 & Year 12 students to consider a career in engineering, manufacturing and technology.

Due to be held at the WMG Academy for Young Engineers (Solihull), the one-day challenge is looking for 12 schools or colleges to come forward to enter a team to see if they have what it takes to win the main title and a selection of prizes that include company experience visits and the latest 3D printers.

The concept is simple; one day, one brief, but many possible outcomes. Students are challenged with designing and making a mechanical device (details revealed on the day) using just basic tools and materials.

They’re offered support from apprentices and engineers from the eight MAN companies and encouraged to develop their ideas through trial and analysis. The devices are then tested by a suitably qualified panel of engineers, with prizes awarded to the schools under three different categories – Efficiency, Innovation and Manufacturing.

2019’s challenge was a phenomenal success and the feedback we’ve received from pupils and teachers has encouraged us to do as much as we can to engage young people who may be considering a career in engineering by showing them some of the skills that will help them develop in this field.

We’d also like to encourage those who aren’t currently following a STEM path but think they might enjoy getting to grips with technical problem-solving.

The Challenge gave us the opportunity to work in a team, contribute our own ideas to the design, test it and then refine it into the best vehicle out of all the schools. It’s definitely given me a taste of what a career in engineering looks like and I’m keen to find out more.


Tuesday 12 July 2022


WMG Academy for Young Engineers (Solihull)
Chelmsley Rd, Fordbridge, Birmingham B37 5FD


Schools can register their interest online

Design & Make Challenge

Design & Make Challenge in Numbers

352 hours of hands-on practical manufacturing for young people

Three Ultimaker 3D printers given out as prizes (courtesy of Create Education)

Over £25,000 of press coverage secured

7 MAN company visits completed by schools

More than 40 Year 11 pupils and A-Level students swapped their daily lessons to take part in the Design & Make challenge 2019, funded by the MAN Group and designed to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering by encouraging them to work together and ‘problem solve’.

The four-strong teams were given a box of goodies they could use to build a vehicle, which would be propelled by a pendulum’s impact, ensuring their designs could withstand the ‘strike’ whilst minimising weight.

Register your interest

Schools can use the form below to register their interest in the 2022 Design & Make Challenge or email Annie at

    WMG Academy for Young Engineers

    WMG Academy for Young Engineers (Solihull)
    Chelmsley Rd, Fordbridge, Birmingham B37 5FD


      Manufacturing disciplines required

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