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Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionNational Digital Learning Council’s (NDLC) Pupil Award 2018

NDLC logoThe National Digital Learning Awards now incorporates the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, and will therefore have only one digital award category at this year’s event.

The NDLC Pupil Award will recognise the achievements of a pupil or a group of pupils from a maintained school or college in Wales who have either used technology in an innovative way or have created excellent original digital material. Applications for the award must be submitted by a teacher.

The winner of the award will be announced at the National Digital Learning Event 2018.

To apply read the guidance for applicants and complete the application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 23 March 2018 at 17.00. Take a look at last year’s winning entry.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionPhotography Competition 2018

RSB logoThe Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on a particular theme

‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of this year’s competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme

A poster for this year’s competition is now available – download here.

There are two categories in the competition, each with a cash prize:

  • Photographer of the Year (18 and over) – £1,000 top prize
  • Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) – £500 top prize.

Closing date 31 July 2018.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionPlate tectonic stories – competition from The Geological Society

The Geological Society logoThe Geological Society is inviting all primary, secondary and 6th form college geography, geology, science, technology, art and even dance classes to get involved and tell us a plate tectonic story of your own by creating something that brings plate tectonics to life and demonstrates some of the processes involved!

Plate tectonics underpins all processes operating on Earth so students could angle their work at volcanoes, seismic waves, heat transfer, radioactive decay, Earth materials – whatever they find interesting and whatever suits their subject! Entries to the competition will receive a free educational classroom poster as well as the chance of winning £150 worth of Earth science related books for their school. More here.

Secondary school competitionBright Ideas Challenge for Schools

Shell logoSecondary school students aged 11-14 across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to win prizes for their school by imagining what cities could look like in 2050. The Bright Ideas Challenge, organised by Shell, invites students to imagine how cities of the future might be powered.

The winning team could win up to £5,000 to enable their school to super-size its science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) offering. Prizes include individual prizes of £30 Science Museum Vouchers, 6 £750 Mini-Prizes, £1,500 Regional and £2,500 National Champion Awards and £1,000 Finalists Awards.

An ‘Early Bird Prize Draw’ to win a facilitated STEM workshop will be held for all schools submitting a fully qualifying entry before 19th January 2018. A funded VIP London experience at Make the Future Live is also part of the overall prize. Entries must be submitted by a teacher at a school in England, Scotland or Wales on behalf of a team of 2-5 individuals at that school.

All applications must be in by the closing date of 27 April 2018. More information and full terms and conditions here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionClassroom displays competition

STEM Learning logoThe classroom displays competition allows you to share photos of the classroom displays you are most proud of. Six winners are chosen each term, who will each receive £50 worth of vouchers.

Not only does this competition let you share your own classroom displays, it could also help other teachers get inspiration and ideas for their own – the perfect combination!

Share a photo of your classroom display on the appropriate community group:

Upload your entries before 16 March 2018 for your chance to win. The six winners will be notified by email by 23 March 2018.

Secondary school competitionRAF100 Competition

RAF100 logoThe RAF100 Competition is an opportunity for young people to tell the story of an RAF base and bring together their understanding of history and physics

The history of the RAF demonstrates how people and their needs have pushed scientific development. How can knowledge of those people and the technology they worked with push us to think about developments for the future?

On this website there is an interactive map showing all the RAF bases in the UK and another of all the RAF bases used globally. The maps start from the First World War period through to today. Currently these maps only include very basic information about each of the bases. We would like schools and youth groups to provide the information about the bases.

In addition to helping tell the story of each base, the competition offers an opportunity for young people to bring together their understanding of how scientific ideas and technology have developed in history to explore current and future technological developments that might shape the RAF and civilian world of the future.

The prizes include opportunities to attend commemorative events during the centenary year, as well as gifts for the school.

Age groups: the competition will run with three age group categories: 11-14; 14-18 and 11-18.

Closing dates: the prizes are spread over 2018 and include tickets to events, so there are three opportunities to enter for different prizes:

  • Closing date 1: will close on 30 March 2018
  • Closing date 2: will close on 11 June 2018
  • Closing date 3: will close on 30 November 2018

Schools/youth groups etc can put forward as many entries as they wish for each of the deadlines, but each entry (research piece/film etc) can only be submitted once.

Primary school competitionNo More Cabbage!

No More CabbageThis year’s CLEAPSS competition updates a classic practical activity.

Help your children make and investigate the best alternative indicators to red cabbage. There are prizes available for children, the school and staff.

Secondary school competitionFaraday Challenge Day applications for 2018-19 are open!

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.

The event is free of charge and set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students.

IET logoDelivered by the IET in 68 schools and 12 Academic Partner universities – as well as further events available as requested by funders and sponsors – the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities for six teams of six students. Our 2018-19 season’s Challenge Days are designed for Year 8 students (England) and their equivalents (aged 12-13 years).

Download the application form here.

Secondary school competitionFamelab

Famelab logoFameLab is a science communications competition designed to engage and entertain. Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity.

We are now inviting scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the globe to take part in this flagship science communications competition in their national rounds!

National winners of all 25+ participating countries will then meet at Cheltenham Science Festival (5-10 June 2018) to battle for the title of FameLab International Champion in front of a live Festival audience. Online registration here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionThe Art of Sustainability and STEM

Art of Sustainability logoYou are the designers of the future; all our futures. Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) will be at the heart of that future. Consumption and Waste is one curriculum topic in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC). Future design will be about creating a Sustainable world. One where we are contributing to the Well Being of both ourselves and the natural world.

The Challenge is to design a Sustainable Kart to race in the Brockweir Soap Box Derby. Info here and here.

The winning team will have to demonstrate how their Kart delivers Well Being. Teams will have to think through Sustainability demonstrating how the whole life cycle of the Kart meets with cyclical design.

An award for the most Sustainable Kart will be presented at the end of the race also learners may be able to work towards a Crest Award as part of this project.

The next race date has not yet been set, but will be in the autumn of 2018 so there’s plenty of time.

Contact Steven England at for more details.

Secondary school competitionCisco Little Big Futures

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.

Cisco and STEM Learning relaunched the Little Big Awards in 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.

Each one-hour resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don’t need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.

Cisco is also sponsoring schools to take part in the CREST Discovery Awards and they will cover the cost of applying.

Students will work in teams to investigate a real-world problem and report on their findings. You can request a local STEM Ambassador to inspire and support your students during this challenge

Secondary school competition2018 Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry

Salters logoEntries for the 2018 Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are now live.

Don’t miss out on participating in one of these fantastic events which:

  • Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
  • Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations “like a real Chemist”
  • Encourage team working and independent problem solving skills
  • Give teachers an opportunity to network and participate in CPD

One team of four students per school are welcome to participate from Year 7 and/or 8 in England and Wales.

Students will experience two hands-on practical Chemistry challenges, exciting chemical demonstrations, a prize-giving ceremony with prizes for winning schools and fun prizes and certificates for all participants.

More information and online entry here.

Secondary school competitionScrub Up on Science Challenge 2018

SCS logoYoung people explore the chemistry of bubbles, foam and fizz with the ‘Scrub Up on Science Challenge 2018’

The Society of Cosmetic Scientists is challenging young people aged 11-16 to put their creative and scientific talents to the test through the 2018 Scrub up on Science Challenge.

The Scrub up on Science Challenge, which the Society of Cosmetic Scientists launched in 2014, is asking young people to create a bubble bath or bath bomb, and is supplying schools with free surfactant – the special chemical compound responsible for soapy bubbles. Using the surfactant, students aim to create the longest-lasting foam, the frothiest fizz, or the biggest bubbles.

Schools can order free surfactant from the Scrub Up on Science website. To enter the competition, participants will also need to create a short video or a PowerPoint presentation that describes their product idea and showcases their understanding of the science behind it. All entries can be submitted through the website, before the closing date on Monday 27 April 2018.

Selected finalists will be invited to The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 20 June 2018 to recreate their product for the judges in a bid to be crowned winner.

The Scrub Up on Science Challenge is designed to build young people’s interest in STEM by raising awareness of lesser-known career pathways. Schools can request a visit from a cosmetic scientist through the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, to give students a fascinating insight into the world of work in the cosmetics industry.

For more information and to enter the Scrub Up on Science Challenge, visit

Secondary school competitionUncover Copper

Are you a UK student aged 11–16? Would you like the chance to win £100 (plus £500 for your school) by exploring copper’s essential role in our present and future? Read on!

Copper surrounds us. It’s in our phones and tablets, the walls of our houses, our hospitals and even inside our bodies, but we rarely notice it. This competition calls on students to uncover copper, seeking it out in buildings, health and medicine, and new applications in renewable energy and sustainable transport systems.

More here. The deadline is 25 May 2018. Winners will be announced in June.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionManchester University Animation competition

Manchester University logo.pngLed by the Manchester University School of Computer Science, this annual competition supports the teaching of computing in schools. It’s designed to enthuse schoolchildren aged 7–19 about computer science. More information about the competition and who can enter here.

Primary school competitionAdvanced Propulsion Centre primary competition

APC logo.pngThe Advanced Propulsion Centre UK is offering an opportunity for primary school pupils to compete in the Greenpower electric car race. The competition is entitled ‘How we will travel in year 2050?’ ¬– for more information on how your school can win a Greenpower kit car, please email

Secondary school competitionIET Faraday Challenge Days

IET logoIET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK get an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final in June each year to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school. Enter here, more information here.

Secondary school competitionSchools Competition 2018 Imperial College London

The Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools Science Competition 2018 will open for registrations in October 2017.

The theme for 2018 will focus on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Teams are asked to select a specific goal and to come up with a new and innovative scientific solution in response to this.

To enter, teams must create a 5 minute film that: briefly outlines the goal they have selected; describes their innovative solution; explains the science behind the idea; and illustrates how their idea would address the goal.

The best teams will be invited to present their idea at a showcase event at Imperial College in front of a live audience and a panel of VIP judges. The competition winners will each receive individual prizes, will be given the opportunity to visit a world-leading science facility in the UK. Find out more here…

Primary school competitionBetter Energy School Awards

Better Energy Awards logo.pngThe Better Energy School Awards aim to assist and encourage environmental education for young people aged 5-11. They promote cross-curricular work on the environment and ANY work you are doing at your school covering any kind of environmental issue can be entered. The Better Energy School Awards for excellence in environmental education link with the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence – explore our guides here.

Enter your school today – win up to £5,000! Read the competition rules here.

The Better Energy School Awards are split into four regions (South/Central, North, Wales and West, Scotland) and there will be a winner for each Award category in each region. The best entry chosen from all of the winners in each region will be made a Regional Champion and will receive £1,000. The best of the Regional Champions will be chosen as the UK Champions, who receive a total of £5,000 for the school funds.

In addition to all the winners, 16 Runners-Up will receive £250 each for the school funds. A further 20 Highly Commended schools will receive £100.

Representatives from the four Regional Champion schools attend a special Awards Ceremony in London, where they receive their prizes from specially invited celebrity guests. Previous venues include London Zoo and the Science Museum.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionBritish Science Week Poster Competition

British Science Week 2018.pngThe British Science Week Poster Competition will go live in early 2018. The theme is exploration and discovery.

The five best posters from your school can be entered into our UK-wide competition with the chance for students to win an array of prizes.

Closing date: Friday 6 April 2018.

Secondary school competitionStep into the NHS Competition

Step into NHS logo.pngThe Step into the NHS schools’ Competition offers students in years 8 and 9 the chance to win a tablet or a £50 Amazon voucher.

There’s much more to working for the NHS than being a doctor or nurse. In fact there are more than 350 different careers in the NHS and, with that many careers on offer, there’s a job to suit anyone, no matter what your interests and skills are. The Step into the NHS competition asks students to choose an NHS career that interests them and create a job description and an advert to tell their friends and other young people about it. Students can work on their own or in teams of up to four.

Find out more and apply here…

Primary school competitionDVLA Code Challenge competition

The DVLA are launching a new Code Challenge competition for Primary Schools in Wales. Substantial prizes are on offer. Find out how to get involved here. Download the poster (printable pdf) here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionRHS Greening Grey Britain

RHS Greening Grey BritainThe RHS would like you and your group to identify an area in your local community that could do with a bit of colour. Sign up to take part in Greening Grey Britain and the RHS will send you a free packet of wild cornfield seeds which are all perfect plants for pollinators.

Help spread the word of Greening Grey Britain and win prizes by sharing your photos on Twitter using #GreeningGreyBritain and @RHSSchools. Prizes will be awarded every week so get snapping! If you decide to green up an area in your community, you may also be eligible to apply for the RHS Level 5 School Gardening Award and receive £200 in gardening gift vouchers.

Primary school competitionBBC Terrific Scientific

BBC Terrific ScientificThe campaign consists of 10 nationwide investigations and hopes to encourage one million children to take part. Terrific Scientific will also enable children to undertake genuine research using their science enquiry skills to inform the work of leading universities. The investigations are designed to be accessible and use everyday items.

Science and Wildlife Presenter, Liz Bonnin is an ambassador for Terrific Scientific and feature in this introductory film which explains what the campaign is all about. Schools can sign up here to take part.

Secondary school competitionForensic Outreach Competition (students aged 11-16)

The competition is designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge of art history, science, mathematics and cryptanalysis to solve the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci’s real-life missing painting, The Battle of Anghiari. The challenge includes a lesson plan, worksheets and other resources. Register your interest here.

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