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Success for Scarlett at the 2022 TDI Challenge!

Congratulations to GCSE Design and Technology pupil Scarlett who took first prize at this year's Technology Design and Innovation Competition at the Yamazaki Mazak facility.

The competition hosted by The Manufacturing Technologies Association is open to all young people aged 14-19. It is an opportunity to showcase GCSE, A Level and passion projects that demonstrate the best in creative talent to an industry that relies upon vision and innovation. Scarlett presented her product - a Pool Safety Laser Trip Alarm, that seeks to prevent deaths - to a panel for 20 minutes and showed the hosts how she had used technology, design and innovation in her project.

Mrs Staniforth, Head of Design and Technology at St Peter's School said “The quality of the projects at this year’s TDI Competition blew us away and Scarlett held her own against pupils across all age ranges to take first place. It was the depth and breadth of her research and professional delivery that impressed the judges on the day. She has worked phenomenally hard this year in DT and this win is testament to her determination and efforts.”

Scarlett won a £200 Amazon Voucher, a day out to the Praga Cup race day, a Bronze Industrial Cadet Award and a £1000 investment to the school to help support the delivery of Design and Technology teaching in the classroom.

Sami Ortiz, Chemical Engineer and Technology and Skills Manager at the Manufacturing Technologies Association described Scarlett’s project as ''a deserving winner''.

Mr Jeremy Walker, Head Master at St Peter’s School said, "This is amazing news and huge congratulations to Scarlett with great thanks to Mrs Staniforth and all colleagues who have supported her."

Scarlett said “Winning definitely gave me the extra push in confidence to tackle any competitions in the future and to make sure I put myself out there in terms of seeking internships and placements in engineering. Meeting all the engineers was a wonderful experience as I was able to personally ask them questions and gain a better insight into the different routes into engineering. Meeting Sami was also impactful as she gave me reassurance and recalled some of her own experiences as a woman in engineering which resonated with me personally as I was the only girl taking part as a finalist in the competition.”

Scarlett is currently waiting on the results of her potential Arkwright Scholarship and is also potentially doing work experience at the National Physical Laboratory based at Huddersfield University. Scarlett is very excited to start her A levels in September which will expand her knowledge on the areas required for taking an engineering degree at University.

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