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MP encourages kids to turn their ideas into reality

Fri, 2013-05-03 11:42

Livingston MP Graeme Morrice is launching the ‘We Made It!’ competition in the area, working with local 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.

Graeme Morrice is also asking local businesses to help judge the entries to choose the student who will represent the area in the national competition rounds. The best entries nationwide will be invited to a ‘Fab Lab’, 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.

At the end of this year, Graeme Morrice will invite the winner of our local competition to the awards ceremony in Parliament where they will have the opportunity to meet the heads of the manufacturing organisations involved in the project and learn how to take their career further.

Commenting on the competition, Graeme Morrice MP said:“I’m very proud to be supporting this great project to inspire young people to turn their designs and ideas into real products. I hope our students will be motivated to enter and make sure we have a winner from the area!”

“I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas of our students 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”.