The work-wise Foundation and Made in Sheffield Launch the 2017 3i Innovation Competition

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The launch event held on Monday 23rd January at AMRC-Training Centre, Rotherham saw 9 teams of students teamed up with 9 companies.

Year 7 to 11 students from a secondary school are teamed up with a local engineering, manufacturing or technology business to work on a real-life industry specific innovation challenge set by the company. The challenge runs from January 2017 to 26th April 2017.

Supported by the IET and IMechE through their joint Engineering Education Grant Scheme each challenge is set by a business to simulate an actual business problem, giving insight into the daily challenges faced in business. The challenges enable participants not only to understand product design and development, taking the product to market, contributing directly to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

This year’s 9 teams are:

• Mexborough Academy with Vulcan to the Sky, Doncaster

• Wingfield Academy with AMRC-TC, Rotherham

• Stocksbridge High School with Parker Hannifin, Rotherham

• Westfield School with Sheffield Tooling Co Ltd, Sheffield

• Bradfield School with Riley’s Machine Tools, Sheffield

• Outwood City Academy with Numill, Sheffield

• Yewlands Academy with JRI Orthopaedics, Sheffield

• Handsworth Grange with Sheffield College, Sheffield

• Sheffield Park Academy with Chimo Holdings, Sheffield

The teams will display and present their work and their finished product/design at the annual Get up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing, careers showcase at Magna in Rotherham on 26th April 2017. The teams will be interviewed by an independent judging panel of leaders.

This year’s Get up to Speed event already has over 1,000 young people booked to attend and 50 exhibitors and exciting attractions including Lauren Richardson, one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK; CNC machine manufacturer Yamazaki Mazak; British Armed Forces; Build a Plane project; University of Lincoln, Robotics, VR and 3D printing; F1 simulator and 10m STEM Scalextric challenge.

For further information:

John Barber

07500 331400