Project aims to promote manufacturing to schoolchildren

Craig Whittaker
Craig Whittaker

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker is generating interest in manufacturing by launching the “We Made It!” competition.

It encourages schoolchildren to turn their ideas into products and learn of the opportunities that a career in manufacturing offers.

The competition invites 11 -14 year olds to submit their design for a product they would like to see made into a prototype.

The winning entry will represent Calder Valley in the national competition rounds and the best entries nationwide will be invited to one of the UK’s Fab Labs, where they will use the very latest high-tech fabrication methods and find out how to bring their ideas to life with the lab’s experts.

The local winner will also be invited to Parliament by Mr Whittaker to meet heads of the manufacturing organisations involved in the project.

“I’m very proud to be supporting this project to inspire young people to turn their designs and ideas into real products,” said Mr Whittaker.

“I am looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas of our students in Calder Valley and I’m excited about choosing our winner to put forward to the national rounds.

“The UK desperately needs more young people who aspire to engineering and high-level manufacturing careers, and I welcome this initiative to help students gain a better understanding of how the industry and businesses involved in manufacturing and engineering actually work. “