30th January 2023

Arkwright Engineering Scholars take first and third places in prestigious engineering competition

Showcasing creative talent

Arkwright Engineering Scholars Scarlet Ward and Rhys Wijeratne recently took first and third places respectively in the Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge competition, run by Arkwright scholarship sponsor, the Manufacturing Technology Association (MTA).

The TDI Challenge 2022 encouraged students aged between 16 and 18-years-old and passionate about engineering and science, to showcase their creative talent to an industry that relies upon vision and innovation.

Back after a two-year break due the pandemic, competition entrants were asked to devise an original design for a product or concept, explain its application and produce a two-minute video to demonstrate how and why their invention would benefit users.

Congratulations to our scholars

A high number of entries was whittled down by the judges to create a shortlist before those successful entrants were invited to Finals Day at the Yamazaki Mazak facility in Worcester to pitch their idea to the judging panel, with the winner being chosen on the day.

Stewart Lane, of Renishaw Plc, who chaired the judging panel, said: “The entries were all of an extremely high standard, making judging very difficult, and each of the finalists should be congratulated on their achievements.”

Scarlet Ward from St. Peter’s School, York took first place with a laser trip alarm system project and Rhys Wijeratne from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern, Cardiff came third with a drinks cooler project.

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Future leaders in engineering

Both Arkwright Engineering Scholars won prizes for themselves while their schools were awarded help to teach Design and Technology in their classrooms.

We are always amazed at the brilliance of our Scholars, and this goes to prove we are still attracting the best young talent as we support students to pursue their dreams and change the world as future leaders in engineering.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is part of The Smallpeice Trust, the education charity that helps young people to pursue careers in engineering.


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