Impulse To Innovation

Season 3 Episode 8: Apprentice Automation Challenge 2022

September 8, 2022

In this months episode Helen hosted a live show from the Apprentice Automation Challenge, held at the MTC, Coventry.

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The Apprentice Automation Challenge provides a brilliant opportunity for talented apprentices to compete in an innovative design and manufacturing challenge to improve an everyday home or garden device.

Organised by the Institution's Manufacturing Industries Division’s Young Members Committee, it engages with teams of apprentice engineers to design, develop and build a fully working system that solves a real-world problem.

All teams submit a report that includes a full design specification, manufacturing instructions, user manual and business case. The Challenge culminates in a live final showcase where teams are able to demonstrate their working prototypes and respond to questions from the judging panel.

This year saw eight teams taking part with technical prototypes varying from plant watering devices to fridge content monitors.

This years overall winners were Team Leonardo SAL for their plastic waste-saving prototype.

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Helen interviews the AAC Chair Jason Yearsley, Head Judge Toby Heagerty and Leonardo Team Mentor Chris Sutton during our live show which took place on the 2nd September.

Useful links:

https://www.imeche.org/events/challenges/aac-challenge

https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/leonardo-team-sal-crowned-winners-of-apprentice-automation-challenge-2022

https://www.the-mtc.org/