Local MP launches school ‘Dragon’s Den’ manufacturing competition

Mike Thornton encourages local children to turn their ideas into real-life products!

Mike Thornton MP has launched the We Made It! competition in Eastleigh, working with local schools and businesses in the constituency to help young people appreciate the exciting opportunities that a career in engineering can offer. The competition aims to let children learn 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.

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. 

At the end of this year, the Eastleigh MP 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 Mike Thornton said: 

"I’m very pleased to be supporting this great project to inspire young people to turn their designs and ideas into real products. This is a chance for the entrepreneurs of the future to prove in the ‘Dragon’s Den’ that Eastleigh really has got talent when it comes to engineering and manufacturing."

"Eastleigh has a fine tradition of manufacturing and this continues today with the thriving Eastleigh Railway Works and hi-tech companies like SPI Lasers and GE Aviation operating throughout our borough."

"I am really looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas our students come up with. 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."

To find out more on the competition pupils can visit the competition's website: www.wemadeituk.co.uk.

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