Sixth Form learners will be showcasing their computing and engineering skills at the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge, a Yorkshire-wide competition organised by Leeds-based global electronics distributor Premier Farnell.

The challenge was developed by Premier Farnell in association with Leeds Beckett University and Ahead Partnership to raise awareness about career opportunities in tech and digital industries in the region. Working in teams of five, learners will be given a brief to come up with an original device that addresses issues faced by people living with specific physical or sensory impairments. TSS will be entering two teams into the challenge; Team 1, Zak Yunis, Jordan Dalby, Jacob Shaw, Maisie Bloor and Lawrence Ejree, Year 12 and Team 2, Alistair Holland, Mackenzie Dickinson, Will Mulrooney and Tom Bentley, Year 13.

The teams will be provided with a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a budget for additional components. They will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and feedback sessions at Leeds Beckett University before presenting their final designs. Prizes will be up for grabs in categories including Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice at the regional final to be held in early December.

Max Robinson, Head of Computing, Business, Economics and Media at TSS said: "It has been fantastic to see the unique and novel ideas the teams have come up with and really nice to see how engaged they have been in creating a product to actually help people. It has really opened their eyes to the debilitating condition of Arthritis and how it impacts on people of all ages. ” 

Steve Carr, Global Head of Marketing for Premier Farnell said: “We are delighted to be running this challenge for a third year, this time focussing on students aged 16-18. As a global technology business based in Leeds, we are committed to introducing the next generation to technology and the opportunities that it presents – and where best to start and in the Yorkshire region. I’m excited to see the ideas that the students come up with.”