Aireborough MP's call to pupils to get involved

Ilkley Gazette: MP Stuart Andrew at the 2013 launch of the manufacturing competition in the House of Commons MP Stuart Andrew at the 2013 launch of the manufacturing competition in the House of Commons

Schoolchildren are being invited to turn their ideas into products in a competition which aims to make manufacturing exciting.

Stuart Andrew, the MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough is launching the 2013 We Made It! Competition in his constituency. The competition invites 11 to 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 MP is also inviting local businesses to help judge the entries to choose the pupil who will represent the constituency in the national competition rounds. The best entries nationwide will be given the chance to make their ideas a reality and will learn how to take their careers further.

Mr Andrew said: “I’m very proud to be supporting this great campaign once again. The number and standard of entries I received from local schools in 2012 was impressive.”

He added: “The aim of this competition is to inspire young people to turn their designs and ideas into real products. I am looking forward to seeing the innovative ideas submitted this year and I’m excited about choosing a 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 pupils gain a better understanding of how the industry and businesses involved in manufacturing and engineering actually work.”

Go to wemadeituk.co.uk for more details.

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