Alex hopes competition success will promote engineering and manufacturing careers amongst young people
Alex Cunningham was pleased to welcome budding Stockton North designer Amelia Rose Curry to Westminster recently to celebrate the North Shore Academy pupil’s recent triumph as part of the We Made It! competition.
The competition invited 11-14 year olds across the country to submit their design for a product, gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they would like to see made into a real-life prototype. And the Labour MP was given the honour of selecting the winning candidate for his Stockton North constituency.
While Amelia’s idea was not selected as one of the seven national winners, the quality and creativity of her design for solar powered shoes was enough to win a hotly contested local competition within Stockton North.
“With the need to boost manufacturing and engineering around the country, and particularly here in the North East, I was delighted that the We Made It! competition has had another successful year, receiving many hundreds of entries from all across the country.
“I was particularly pleased with the high quality of the submissions from my Stockton North constituency, and this made my task of judging extremely difficult. Amelia’s innovative design showed enough resourcefulness to edge a narrow victory, and I was happy to see her collect her award here in Parliament.
“The UK desperately needs more young people who aspire to engineering and high-level manufacturing careers and I was happy to be able to again support this valuable initiative and help pupils gain a better understanding of how the industries actually work. I really do hope that this will encourage more young people to give serious consideration to a future career in the sector.”