• Young inventors in the United Kingdom fly high in contest

    London, United Kingdom,  December 18, 2012 - Two teens will turn their ideas for a brand new gadget into a real-life prototype at the industry leading Fab Lab facilities in Manchester, United Kingdom after winning a Boeing-supported national competition.

    “We Made It!”, a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to learn more about careers in manufacturing,  invited 13 – 16 year olds throughout the UK to let their imaginations fly and design a brand new gadget, gizmo, toy or tool. The effort was overseen by the Dods UK Manufacturing Dialogue and supported by Boeing. This is one example of the programs Boeing sponsors to help prepare future generations for technical and manufacturing positions.

    Adam Kassell from Worthing, West Sussex, beat more than 360 other entries submitted by members of Parliament with an innovative design for bicycle safety clips with built-in “super bright” LED lights that can be programmed to spell words, enabling motorists to see cyclists more clearly on the road. Following British Olympic cycling success this past summer, this was a popular design with the judging panel.

    Joseph Kruczkowski from Enfield, Middlesex, wowed the judging panel with his idea for a new type of study lamp, which lights a page more evenly -- enabling people to study for longer without straining their eyes. Given the Manufacturing Dialogue’s push to encourage greater study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the judging panel said they felt this was a way to help achieve this aim.

    The two teens will work with the lab’s staff to create prototypes of their inventions, which will be launched with Boeing and other industry partners at the Houses of Parliament in late January.

    “Rebalancing the economy away from an over-reliance on financial services and towards a renewed manufacturing base is a common goal across the UK political spectrum, a goal shared with industry,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing UK and Ireland.  “The UK is a world leader in aerospace, second only to the United States in this sector, in large part thanks to the work done with Boeing, and we are delighted to play our part in promoting both aerospace and manufacturing with young people and political decision-makers. I look forward to passing on our warm congratulations to both Adam and Joseph in Parliament in the New Year.”

    Developed with members of Parliament, schools and industry, the competition is focused at helping young people understand that manufacturing is about design and creativity, as well as hands-on making of the products. More than 100 MPs, including the secretary of State for Education, signed up to work with UK manufacturers to get kids thinking about making it in manufacturing.

    “The British manufacturing industry is crying out for talented young people,” said Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire and a former defense minister. “The UK is one of the top ten manufacturers in the world, and it is important that young people know about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities that are available in this sector.”

    Designs and ideas from 32 constituency winners were judged by a panel of manufacturing experts including The Dods UK Manufacturing Dialogue, The Manufacturing Institute, Boeing, Finmeccanica, Lloyds Banking Group, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Renewable UK and the Confederation of Paper Industries.