News Date: Tuesday 6th November 2012
Tim Loughton MP announces Adam Kassell from St Andrews CE High School as the constituency winner in national school manufacturing competition
Tim Loughton MP is proud to announce Adam Kassell from St Andrews CE High School in Worthing as the winning pupil from East Worthing and Shoreham in the local round of the We Made It! competition, a national competition aimed at getting young people thinking about careers in manufacturing.
Hundreds of young people across the country have been busy designing gadgets and gizmos as part of an exciting competition which will see two lucky winners turn their idea into a real-life prototype.
We Made It!” invited 13 – 16 year olds throughout the UK to let their imagination run wild and design a brand new product, whether it be a gadget to help with homework or a piece of sports equipment to make PE more fun.
The idea behind the competition is that the children get to see that manufacturing is about design and creativity as well as hands-on making of the products. From fashion and video game consoles to cars and airplanes, there are many varied industries with manufacturing at their heart and in which exciting career opportunities exist.
Adam’s entry is one of 32 shortlisted entries selected from over 360 entries, with local Members of Parliament choosing their winning entry to go through to the next stage of the competition. They will now be invited to an exclusive awards reception in the Houses of Parliament on 29th January 2013 to meet Mr Loughton.
Commenting on the competition and the reasoning behind their selection, Tim said:
‘We Made It! is a fantastic way to inspire young people to think about a career in manufacturing and help them realise their potential early on in life. I believe that we still have the world’s best manufacturing minds in the UK, some of which are in my constituency, and this a great way of nurturing them. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the entries I received and I wish I could have put more than one forward. However, I believe that Adam has a great chance of going far in this competition as he has used great design and technological skills to enhance a standard cycling clip into a safety feature with LEDs as well, which will lead to cyclists becoming more visible at night.’
The winning entry will also be put before a panel of manufacturing experts later in November, who will whittle the shortlist down to six national entries and select two overall finalists, with the chance to help prototype their designs at the UK’s first Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory based in Manchester.