Design Challenge


About Design Challenge     

Design Challenge 2017 - regional heat

The Design Challenge gives first and second year undergraduates a taste of the ‘real world’ of engineering by challenging them to design, create, present and run a device to a strict technical specification. 

The Challenge enables participants to gain real-industry experience, practical employability skills and enhanced business and people skills, all within a set time frame. It is intended to complement the academic curriculum and is used by participants towards their projects. 

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Design Challenge 2017 - regional finals

The Challenge

  • Open to teams of up to five first year or second year students enrolled on an engineering course at a university in England

  • Teams compete in local regional competitions in March/April, leading to a national final for the regional winners

  • Students are challenged to undertake a specific project.  In 2017, a repeatable vehicle, in 2018, to design, build and test an internal pipe-climber - a device to climb up the inside of a piece of vertical transparent tube lifting an increasing load.

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Challenge Partners and Sponsors

Gold sponsors

  • 3M logo
  • moog


  • TfL