Sadiq Khan MP has launched the “We Made It!” competition in Tooting, working with local secondary schools and businesses to help young people appreciate the exciting opportunities that a career in engineering can offer and understand that manufacturing is about design and creativity as well as hands-on making of products.
The competition invites 11 -14 year olds to submit their design for a product, gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they would like to see made into a real-life prototype.
Sadiq has called on local schools Burntwood, Ernest Bevin, Chestnut Grove and Graveney to take part in this year’s competition.
Sadiq is also asking local business to help judge the entries to choose the student who will represent Tooting in the national competition rounds. The best entries nationwide will be invited to one of the UK’s Fab Labs, where they will be able to bring their ideas to life with the Lab’s experts.
The competition closes in September and Sadiq will be announcing the Tooting winner at the end of the month.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“The UK desperately needs more young people who aspire to engineering and high-level manufacturing careers and I welcome this initiative to help local students gain a better understanding of how the industry and businesses involved in manufacturing and engineering actually work.
“I’m very proud to be supporting this great project to inspire young people to turn their designs and ideas into real products. I am looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas of our students here in Tooting and I’m excited to choose our winner to put forward to the national rounds. Who knows, we may find the next James Dyson right here in Tooting!
Sophie Cavanagh, Deputy Head at Graveney School, Tooting, said,
“Graveney is thrilled to be able to offer our pupils such a great opportunity through the We Made It competition.
“Promoting creativity is an essential part of a child’s development and this is an ideal way for our budding designers, engineers and entrepreneurs to show us what they are capable of. We would like to thank our MP for giving us this opportunity!”