Sheffield teens triumph with survival pod design

Sheffield youngsters who completed a manufacturing challenge.
Sheffield youngsters who completed a manufacturing challenge.
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Sheffield teenagers triumphed in a manufacturing challenge aimed at getting young people interested in the sector.

Teams of 13 and 14-year-olds from 10 high schools across the city competed to design, make, cost and market a survival pod for natural disasters.

They then had to pitch their ideas to a team of manufacturing experts.

Pupils from Newfield Secondary School in Norton Lees scooped first place, King Edward VII School in Broomhall earned second place and Ecclesfield School was in third.

Stephanie Boyle, who runs the Make It challenges for the Manchester-based Manufacturing Institute, said: “This was our first Make It challenge in Sheffield and we were delighted with the way all the teams threw themselves in to the task with real enthusiasm and some great ideas.

“It was a great day and all the schools should be very proud of themselves.”

The event, held at Mosborough Hall Hotel on December 2, was part of a series of themed challenges which The Manufacturing Institute is supporting through its ‘Make It’ campaign, which aims to attract the brightest new talent into manufacturing by promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Since 2006, more than 60,000 young people and teachers have participated directly in hands-on manufacturing-focused Make It activities.

There are more Make It Challenges planned in Sheffield throughout the whole of next year.

Manufacturers interested in sponsoring a Make It Challenge can contact Stephanie Boyle by email at