Local youngster Tom Liversidge was at the Houses of Parliament recently picking up his award for winning the We Made It! competition, representing the Bath constituency.
We Made It! is a national competition aimed at getting young people thinking about careers in manufacturing.
Tom’s entry was one of 23 shortlisted entries selected from over 520 entries. The 23 shortlisted were selected by local Members of Parliament.
All 23 winners and Members of Parliament were invited to an exclusive awards reception in the Houses of Parliament in March.
Hundreds of young people across the country have been busy designing gadgets and gizmos as part of an exciting competition which saw seven lucky winners turn their idea into a real-life prototype.
We Made It! invited 11 – 14 year olds throughout the UK to let their imagination run wild and design a brand new product, whether it be a gadget to help with homework or a piece of sports equipment to make PE more fun.
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.
Commenting, Don Foster MP, said: “Tom showed real talent for design with his Universal Sport Wing Mirrors. The idea is simple but very effective. At a time where cyclist safety is a hot topic, especially in Bath, Tom has put forward a design to aid safety, not just for cyclists but for many other sports.”
On his day in London & winning, Tom said: “I had a great day out in London. Having my design ideas recognised and celebrated with others from all over the country made me realise that I had done something special.
“The speeches given on the day were about the importance of design innovation to the future of the country and its economy and inspired me to think about a career in science and technology.”