First-hand engineering experience for students
Your school is invited to participate in Design & Make 2019, an amazing opportunity for year 12 students to spend a day getting first-hand experience in engineering, problem-solving and teamwork.
“The students have gained a real buzz out of the event. It has given them a real boost of confidence, belief and enthusiasm for the subject after what they achieved”
– Mr Storer, Southam College
The MAN Group’s Design & Make Challenge is back and bigger than ever, with the intention of inspiring up to fifty Year 12 students to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing.
Due to be held at the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s state-of-the-art campus on July 10th, 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 range from company experiences to 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 nine 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.
Last year’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.
For our very first Design & make challenge in 2018, participants from eight UK schools put their engineering skills to the test. The event was an incredible success, and with the feedback we received from pupils and teachers, we decided to hold the challenge again for 2019, this time with even more schools participating!
“I would just like to say many thanks for the day, everyone really enjoyed it and the hard work that went into it was greatly appreciated.”
Mr Hickling, Lawrence Sheriff School
“The boys had a fantastic time and were delighted with their ‘goodie-bags’. Naturally I was very excited about receiving a 3D printer for the department at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr and am looking forward to setting it up.
Best wishes and thanks to everyone for making it a very memorable day.”
Mr Thomas, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
“The students have gained a real buzz out of the event. It has given them a real boost of confidence, belief and enthusiasm for the subject after what they achieved yesterday.
Apart from the students’ success, we felt that the day was excellent, really well planned and at first daunting as this is something they had not experienced prior to the event. The students were very proud of how they pulled together, how they were able to problem solve and manufacture their device. They lacked confidence coming to the event and never dreamed that they could achieve what they did. Thank you for enabling them discover themselves through this challenge.”
Mr Storer, Southam College
Our aim is 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. They will have the guidance and expertise of experienced engineers on-hand to help them tap into their potential.
The date of the event is Wednesday 10th July, and we would love to hear from you if you’re interested in participating.
Please fill out the form below to register your interest or contact MAN member, Grove Design on 01544 387 126.
Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Design & Make Challenge to be held at Warwick Manufacturing Group, International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL.
The Manufacturing Assembly Network is a collective of eight sub-contract manufacturers and an engineering design agency.
Together they offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including automation and control systems, casting, design, forging, plastic injection moulding, PCB development and precision machining and precision stamped parts.
MAN is also currently working with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to improve processes and commercialise new technologies.