Each year students are challenged to undertake a specific project.
The 2024 project brief is to build a repeatable vehicle. The vehicle can be any movable device – wheeled, walking, sliding, jumping, rolling or other. It must move from a point on a flat surface to touch a wall placed at right angles to the point and then return to stop as close as possible to the start point. The device is to be started manually, but once it is underway, no interference or outside control is allowed. The project represents the first stages of a robotic device that could be used for materials handling purposes. The device can be of any construction and propulsion method, limited only by cost and size.
Students are challenged to undertake a specific project to design, build and test:
- 2018 – an internal pipe-climber
- 2019 – an external pipe-climber
- 2021 – a repeatable vehicle
- 2022 – a line launcher
- 2023 – an internal pipe-climber
- 2024 – a repeatable vehicle
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The Design Challenge has been as much about enriching my technical skills, as much as it was about meeting new people and developing my communication skills. I would highly recommend participation in this competition to other students!
Winner with the second year University College London team who won the 2021 Design Challenge National Final
The Design Challenge was integrated into our course as part of the engineering design module. I believe the Design Challenge is an excellent competition which allowed me and my colleagues to apply all we had learned so far from our studies. More was learned from the manufacturing, prototyping and testing of our device including failures and successes, providing an understanding of real-world processes before the final reward of having a fully working product.
Winner with the second year Brunel University London team who won the 2019 Design Challenge National Final
It was an exciting journey for all of us as we were put to test the knowledge that we have learnt in university. We were expected to come up with an ingenious design to solve the defined problem and must adhere to the constraints provided. It wasn’t easy but it was fruitful.
Team Leader of the second year University College London team who achieved 2nd place in the 2019 Design Challenge National Final
On the day of the competition I felt excited and anxious that the robot might fail and let some people down…but most important was that I had a feeling of belonging.
Part of the first year London South Bank University team who won the 2019 Regional Heat
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Design Challenge with my team. The Challenge helped me get comfortable working in a highly specific project with high standards. It was a lot of fun!
Part of the first year Middlesex University team who achieved 2nd place in the 2017 Design Challenge National Final
This is a remarkable opportunity for industry leaders to join hands with us to support and uphold the future of young aspiring graduates by enabling them to gain real-industry experience, practical employability skills and enhanced business and people skills, all within a set time frame.
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"More was learned from the manufacturing, prototyping and testing of our device including failures and successes, providing an understanding of real-world processes before the final reward of having a fully working product."