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Competitions

Last updated: 13 May 2020

Rapid Education's Creative Hut LEGO® challenge

Love LEGO®? Then you will love this! We are looking for the individual or family that can build the tallest tower out of LEGO® Duplo or LEGO® System bricks. Sound easy? Well of course it would be for all you Master Builders. But this is tower building with a twist.

THE CHALLENGE

Build the Tallest Tower with LEGO Bricks

  1. Use LEGO or DUPLO System bricks to build the tallest tower you can
  2. No bricks can be connected
  3. No bricks can be side by side
  4. The tower must be free standing with bricks perfectly balanced on top of each other
  5. Measure and share a photo or video to enter

Great prizes to be won!

Closing date is Sunday May 17 but there will be a different competition next week!

Details here.

Armourers & Brasiers TATA Steel Sixth Form Materials Prize

This is a new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers. It has been set up to give students structured opportunities to find out more about Materials Science and Engineering and enhance and enrich their studies.

The Prize is a stand-alone project that is carried out by lower 6th students (age 16-17) during one school year. The top prize is £1500 for the student and £1000 for their school.

Details here.

The Great Exhibition at Home 7-14 years old

This competition is targeted at 7-14 year olds. The whole project is designed to last for the whole summer term, culminating with an entry for the great exhibition. There are 7weeks worth of activities in the project and even a Facebook group to support entrants. 

Entrants are required submit a 1 minute video presenting their Great Exhibition at Home, which tackles the question:

How can engineering help protect the planet?

Take part in The Great Exhibition at Home Challenge to be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes including: £500 worth of equipment to supersize STEM subjects in your school, the opportunity to video chat one with one of our inspiring engineers and more! 

The deadline for entries is 10th September.

Details here

The Linnean Society – Portrait Competition 8-19+years old

Linnaeus is looking for a wonderful new portrait of his pet raccoon Sjupp!

There are five age categories: 7 and younger, 8 - 11, 11 - 14, 15 - 18, and 19+.

Entrants can be from anywhere, i.e. not limited to the UK. The entry should ideally be flat, portrait (i.e. not landscape) and a standard paper dimension, minimum A4 (21x29.7cm). However, as this is a special edition of the competition, we would be happy to receive other formats.
Submissions must be the entrants' own work, do not enter copyrighted art.

There is a video about Sjupp and Linneaus on the website which can help you with the task. 

There is no closing date for this competition so apply at any time!

Details here.

The Linnean Society Special Species Competition – No age limit

We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!)

To enter, create a new species and send the following to learning@linnean.org:

  • The first name, age (in years) and city of the person who created the special species

  • A picture of your special species

  • It's scientific and common name

  • A paragraph giving the reasons for its adaptations and a description of its habitat (aim for around 50 words)

We will be highlighting great works as we receive them.
Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.

The Linnean Society have resources to help you chose your species. 

Details here.

Nancy Rothwell Award 7-18 years old

RSB The Nancy Rothwell Award 2020 social media card resizeThe Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.

Each entrant can submit only one drawing for the award. We encourage entrants to enter scans of their specimen drawings rather than photographs.

Prizes

There are three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18) and prizes are awarded for:

Highly commended

Top three runner-up entries in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils and a certificate.

Winner

The overall winner in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils, a certificate and £25. The winners' schools will also each receive £100.

Student prizes will be presented at our Biology Week 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony on 8th October 2020.

Both highly commended entrants and winners will also be invited to an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College on 8th October 2020.

Closing date July 31.

Details here.

Primary Engineer Leaders Award   4-14 years old

COMPETITION MODIFIED AND DATE EXTENDED FOR HOME LEARNING OPPORTUNITY!

Engineering is all around us, from the cars we drive in, TV screens we watch to the food we eat. It is what makes our lives liveable and as such forms the basis of discussion, creativity and problem solving. How can we make life better for others and ourselves?

Children, pupils and students in Early Years Settings, Primary and Secondary Schools are invited to interview an engineer, identify a problem, draw and annotate a solution to it on an A4 or A3 sheet and explain on one side of A4 (or less) why their solution should be manufactured by engineers.

The Leader’s award is now available at home and the deadline has been extended to the 10th September. Register for access to home learning resources and live engineer interviews.

Details here.

RSPB How would you redesign your outdoor space for wildlife?

Young people, families and schools across Wales are invited to create designs of how they would improve their gardens, school grounds or local outdoor space for wildlife by taking part in our exciting Habitat Explorer competition.

For primary and secondary schools in Wales

Enter our competition to win an Outdoor Learning kit for your school by inviting your students to redesign an outdoor space for wildlife. If you are teaching remotely, this activity can be done from home!  

Start using our Habitat Explorer scorecards to invite your pupils to rate how good an outdoor space is for wildlife. Depending on where they are, pupils can score their school grounds, home gardens or even their local street. It’s simple – they just need to tick off the different habitats they can find and add up the scores.  

If your students are at home and don’t have access to a garden and can’t go outside, not to worry, they can still take part! Ask them to imagine their local park or school grounds, or if they can see the street or other gardens from their window.  

There is also a version for families.

Closing date June 30.

Details here.

Intermediate Biology Olympiad

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad challenges students’ biology knowledge and encourages them to continue studying the biosciences beyond school/college.

Suitable for Year 12 pupils.

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2020 will take place between 2nd - 9th June 2020. The competition consists of a one-hour multiple choice test taken online any time convenient during the competition dates. Students will need to be invigilated when taking the paper, either virtually by a teacher or at home by a parent/guardian. Questions will be set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level.

Students who take part in the competition are encouraged to reference their participation in their further/higher education applications.

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad is organised by the UK Biology Competitions committee and administered by the Royal Society of Biology.

Prizes

Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates.

Every student who takes part in the competition is eligible to receive free BioNet membershipfor one year.

Register before June 9.

All details here.

The Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition is now open for entries!

‘Our changing world’ is the theme of the competition in 2020. Life on Earth is dynamic and we invite you to capture these transformations.

Your photograph could illustrate the changes which occur within nature, including metamorphosis and shifts from young to adult. You might wish to depict how habitats develop during ecological succession, how wildlife adapts, or the impacts humans have on nature. We also welcome entries that explore this theme at the cellular, genetic and molecular level, exploring how life can change at a variety of different scales.

Prizes

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 July 24.

Details here.

!!CAN DO AT HOME!! Global Science Competition – World Science Day 2020

Calling all Primary Science pupils!

Be part of a truly exciting global competition with outstanding prizes for pupils and teachers. 

This is your opportunity to come up with an idea , experiment or model which creates something new or solves a problem in the world of science. You might look at:

  • Solutions for water, air or noise pollution
  • The treatment of injuries or diseases
  • The problems of plastic
  • Improving the efficiency of machines
  • Come up with an innovative way to reduce the impact of fashion

Whatever you decide, you will need to produce a 3 minute video or presentation showing your model, experiment or idea in action and send to a member of the judging team who will select the best entry.

PRIZES

  • The winning co-ordinating teacher will be flown to the UK to attend the Association of Science Education Conference in January 2021 where they will be presented with their award
  • The winning school will receive a half day ‘fun’ hands-on science event plus medals and certificates for the winning pupils.
  • Runner-up prizes will also be presented

Closing date May 31.

All details here.

!!CAN DO AT HOME!! School Robot Competition: 5 to 7 year olds - Draw a Robot

Do you have the imagination to draw a winning robot design?

Draw a robot you’d like to see in the future fo.r a chance to win some fantastic prizes

Your robot could do any task or job you can think of – the only limit is your imagination!

When you are drawing your robot idea, think about what it can do, who might use it, how it will behave, and what special parts it will need. Make sure you label your drawing with these important features. You’ll need to wow the judges with your creative idea.

Draw a robot is open to children aged between 5 and 7 years old.

Closing date June 8.

Details here.

!!CAN DO AT HOME!! School Robot Competition: 7 to 11 year olds - Once upon a robot

Do you have the creativity to write a great robot story?

We’re looking for exciting short stories featuring robots for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

This is your chance you show off your creativity and take the readers on an adventure into the world of robotics and intelligent machines.

You’ll need to use your imagination to create believable characters and a compelling plot.

Your short story can feature any kind of robot you can dream up, and could take place on Earth, in space or even on another planet!

Think about whether your story is set in the present day, the future, or perhaps the past. What challenges will your characters face? How will the adventure end?

Once Upon a Robot is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old.

Closing date June 8.

Details here.

The Great Bug Hunt 2020

Due to the closure of schools, we have opened up this competition to all primary school children (and their parents!)

Our challenge is pretty simple – take your children into the garden or any outside space you own and see what bugs they can find!

Simply point them at the nearest hedges, flower beds, trees, long grass, logs, stones, rocks (well, you get the picture)... let them explore and then report back to us what they have found.

Please be sure, however, to follow government advice and do not leave your property. To do this, stay 2 metres away from people not in your household and do not put yourself or others at risk. 

Make it into a project – if they find a spider or woodlouse, find out all about it. Draw it, examine it (carefully!), what does it eat, where does it live – maybe even write a story or poem about it, design a poster or shoot a video.

Maybe you’ll find a spider under the bed, maybe you’ll have a bug hunt indoors, maybe your explorers could learn about a habitat or insect online, the options are endless – with a little bit of imagination…

The closing date for entries is 12th June 2020.

Details here.

The Biochemical Society Science Communication Prize for post 16 students

The Biochemical Society Science Communication Prize has opened a new call, and this year, for the first time, with a post-16 category (in which prize money is shared between students and the science department of their respective schools).

With the Science Communication Prize, the Biochemical Society looks to identify and celebrate outstanding science communicators in the molecular biosciences. In 2020, to mark the 10th anniversary of this scheme, the Biochemical Society is opening applications in two mix-media categories (i.e. written articles or video/audio pieces): one for post-16 students and another for higher education students. The Prize is a good opportunity to showcase SciComm talents and build on one’s SciComm portfolio with potential print and online publication in The Biochemist magazine and The Biochemist blog, as well as receiving a mentoring session with a professional science communicator (in addition to a cash prize).

Entries can be submitted as a written piece of no more than 1,500 words or in a media format (e.g. video or audio) 2-5 minutes long; written and video. Entries must be bioscience themed and aimed at the general public.

The submission deadline for the current competition has been ammended to 28th May.

Details here.

Teaching Award - Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology

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They shape an exciting future for the next generation of STEM trail-blazers, who will in turn shape an exciting future for both Rolls-Royce and the wider world.

That’s why the Rolls-Royce Science Prize was founded in 2004. It’s all part of their STEM education programme that aims to reach 6 million young people by 2020. They want to inspire the highest quality teaching in science and maths classes so that each new generation of students can reach their full potential.

The Science Prize has three main objectives:

  • Recognise and reward excellence in science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching contexts.
  • Promote sustainable teaching ideas that address specific needs in schools and colleges.
  • Contribute to teachers’ continuing professional development.

You will need a plan for your project that outlines an idea for STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) teaching that is specific to your school or college. It can focus on any area of STEM and it can be either a new idea or development of something you’re already working on. The most important thing : think innovation, they are looking for ideas that are both inspirational and innovative.

Closing date for entries is 29 May.

All details here.

Nominations for the Primary Science Teacher Awards 2020 are now open!

Teachers that are doing incredible work, raising standards, excelling in tough conditions and going above and beyond deserve to be celebrated. The Primary Science Teacher Awards do just that - we celebrate, reward and provide a plethora of opportunity for these deserving teachers.

The awards are open to all current practising Primary Teachers (full or part-time) who:

  • are innovative and creative in teaching science;
  • inspire colleagues and contribute to developing science in their school and beyond;
  • engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

Teachers who win a Primary Science Teacher Award support colleagues in their own and other schools, either locally, regionally or nationally, to raise the profile of science and the quality of primary school science provision.

Closing date for nominations is 12 June.

Details here.

Science Technician of the Year Awards 2020

The 2020 Science Technician of the Year Awards are now brought to you by Gratnells and Preproom.org with an easier entry process, richer prize  and team awards.  Do you or your team have what it takes? Here’s what you need to know:

What to enter? We would love to see photos of wonderful prep rooms, creativity as a technician or exciting demos or creations. We want to see technicians' achievements - big or small - or even photos of what being a Science Technician means to you.

How to enter? Simply submit three images of your prep room, achievements or daily duties to be entered into the competition. 

What happens next? If your pictures are shortlisted, you will be contacted by Dr Katherine Forsey from the judging panel and asked to submit a short personal profile and details of an outstanding project. If you have nominated a technician or team they will be contacted directly.

Who can win? This year there will be a UK winner, UK winning team, UK 2nd place, UK 3rd place and an International winner.

Closing date for entries is May 12.

All details here.

BIEA 2020 Competition - "Help us solve the global plastic problem!"

We know that the world has a plastic problem. Our oceans and lands have become polluted with our carelessly discarded plastic waste that will take 1000s of years to decompose on land, whilst the plastic in the oceans break up into toxin-laden tiny particles. Our plastic waste is now causing chemical pollution in the oceans.

What can we do? We can use our technology to clean up the plastic waste before it turns into the environmentally disastrous chemical pollution that threatens both marine and land-based life. The competition theme in 2020 reflects two major concepts: Technological innovation and the clearing of plastic waste: “The Plastic Problem”.

CLOSING DATE AND RULES HAVE BEEN ADAPTED DUE TO COVID-19

Closing date for reports is now June 1.

Details here.

Faraday Challenge Days - Entries now open for 2020-21

IET Faraday Challenge Days are free, one-day STEM activity days that introduce students to engineering, inspire them to consider engineering as a career and help to develop their practical and employability skills, including team working, problem solving and creative thinking. 

Our Challenge Days give six teams of six students, aged 12-13 years, the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to real-world engineering problems. This annual competition, with events covering the whole of the UK, sees teams competing to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top teams at the end of the season are invited to the National Finals to battle it out to be crowned the Faraday National Champions and win a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

The closing date for entries is July 1st.

All details here.

Young Coders Competition 2020

The Young Coders Competition for primary schools is back again for 2020. Aimed at helping teachers to become more confident with teaching coding skills, any teacher can run the competition whether they are familiar with coding or completely new to it. All the session planning is done for you so you can learn alongside your pupils. The resources include 12 weeks of lesson planning for absolute beginners (children and teachers!) or a shorter 6 week version for those who already have a little experience with using Scratch. The resources can be used for computing lessons or to run an after school club.

It is open for children in years 4, 5 and 6 working in teams of 3 - 6 children. The aim is to create a short computer game using Scratch to "Teach your Pals about the Past”

There will be awards for the children creating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place projects and additional cash prizes this year for the school or club to take away as well. £500 for 1st place, £200 for 2nd place and £100 for 3rd place.

Register for the competition and access all the resources here. Closing date for entries is Friday 22nd May 2020

Greenpower Formula 24

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity that inspires young people (9-25yrs) around the world to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car. Not only do the students learn engineering and technical skills, but also crucial life skills such as working with a team, communication, responsibility, trust, problem solving, determination to continuously improve and not give up.  

Many schools have STEM Ambassadors as Mentors for the projects.

There is a cost to buy the car but it can be reused year after year. Siemens offer a limited number of bursaries for half the cost of the car. Applications need to be made ASAP for this bursary.

Details of the competition can be found here. For further information on the bursary, email llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk and I will forward the details.