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Local MP urges budding boffins to enter national contest
3:43pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
BUDDING inventors and boffins are being urged by a local MP to enter a national competition to show case their ideas.
Young people aged between 13 and 16 can submit designs and ideas for a gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they'd like to see made and if they win will see their entry mass produced.
Students have until October 22 to submit their entries, which will be judged by Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris, Halesowen News editor Paul Walker, and Managing Director of Sandvik Holdings Alan Boulton.
He said: “I’m very proud to be supporting this great project to help young people turn their ideas into reality.
“Britain desperately needs more young people aspiring to high-level manufacturing jobs and gain a better understanding of how the industry and businesses involved in it actually works.
He added: “Visiting local schools, I know just how many great ideas local pupils have and it would be fantastic if somebody from Halesowen and Rowley Regis won the national competition and saw their design brought to life.”
The winner of the Halesowen and Rowley Regis competition will be entered into a nation-wide competition judged by a group of organisations involved in manufacturing, including Boeing, The Manufacturing Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Finmeccanica, Renewable UK, the Confederation of Paper Industries and Lloyds Banking Group.
The best entries will be invited to Fab Lab, a facility provided by MIT and the Manufacturing Institute, and see their designs will be manufactured and brought to life.
After Christmas, Mr Morris will welcome the winner of our local competition to a reception and awards ceremony in Parliament.
To find out more and to enter the competition, pupils can visit the website wemadeituk.co.uk.