Engineers of tomorrow reach national final of Toyota Technology Challenge

22 May 2012 #SMMT News

The Toyota Technology Challenge National Final will take place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

During March, 54 schools participated across seven regional events which saw 12 schools win £250 and secure a place in what is anticipated to be a tightly contested national final. Aiming to win the coveted title of National Champion at this Saturday’s event will be 12 teams representing Scotland, the North, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Midlands, the South East and the South West.

The challenge targets Key Stage Three and Four students. Participating teams will race their self-designed and manufactured vehicles to win up to £1,000 for their school and an action-packed alpine adventure holiday in the French Alps.

Nick Freeman, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Planning and External Affairs, Toyota Manufacturing UK said, “Working with young talented pupils to get them thinking about environmentally conscious ways to manufacture vehicles is hugely inspirational. I look forward to the National Final and hope that this experience will motivate children to consider future careers in engineering and manufacturing.”

Chris Calver, Education Manager of Rapid said, “Technology is an important factor in driving the UK economy and so it is vital companies such as Toyota and Rapid inspire the engineers of tomorrow. The level of design and innovation we see throughout the Challenge shows us the future is bright for British engineering.”

To find out more about  how Toyota and the rest of UK automotive are inspiring the next generation of engineering talent this June through the government ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative, click here. To find out more about ‘See Inside’ in general, click here.

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