Droitwich Spa High School pupil is constituency winner in national school manufacturing competition
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Droitwich Spa High School pupil is constituency winner in national school manufacturing competition

Ross Kirkpatrick from Droitwich Spa High School is the winning pupil from Mid Worcestershire in the local round of the “We Made It!” competition, a national competition aimed at getting young people thinking about careers in manufacturing. The result was announced by the MP for Mid Worcestershire today, Tuesday.


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.

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.

Ross’ 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 Peter.

Peter said,

“I was delighted to receive a large number of entries for this competition and I would like to thank all the pupils from all the high schools who took part.

“All the entries I received were very inventive and it was a very difficult decision, but I chose Ross’ design for a temperature controlled fan as I think it was really practical – if it became a real product I would definitely buy it myself.”

The winning entry will 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.


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