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Competitions

Last updated: 20 January 2020

The Longitude Explorer Prize has re-opened for entry

The Longitude Explorer Prize is calling for 11-16 year olds to submit their ideas for how Artificial Intelligence can help tackle the issues they care about, based around four themes that help us Live Longer, Live Better, Live Greener, Live Together. Finalists will be supported to transform their idea into reality with mentors, hardware and software - they will also be in with a chance to win £25,000 for their schools or youth group, and individual prizes.

How to get involved:

  • Find out more about the prize and how you can support a team to apply with the Team Champions pack

  • Use these short activity sessions plans as much or as little as you need to help your group learn about A.I. and come up with ideas

  • Got a question? The Longitude Explorer team are keen to hear from you, just email explorer@nesta.org.uk   

  • Apply online by 6pm 14th of February - all you need is an idea! 

Interested in applying but want some support getting the young people you work with involved? We’ll aim to connect you with a STEM Ambassador who will visit your school to deliver an activity session on the Prize.

The closing date is February 14.

Details here.

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.

Closing date March 1st.

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”.

Competition Requirements: BIEA requires that all students must be in teams of between 3 and 5 individuals. Each school must be registered by a responsible adult (e.g. teacher). Schools may enter more than one team per age category: 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old and 18-21 years old.

For the regional heats teams need to write a report with successsful teams receiving a budget to take their projects to the International Final.

Closing date for reports is March 31 2020.

Details here.

Faraday Challenge Days - Entries now open

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 May 1st.

All details here.

UK Youth Rocketry Challenge 2020

Do you know a team of young people aged 11 - 18 who...

  • Has a strong interest in design, maths, science, technology and engineering
  • Thrives with team problem solving
  • Would relish the opportunity to network with business and industry aviation leaders?

If so then the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge is for them.

The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) is a great way to engage the next generation of engineers with practical experience of building and executing complex missions. This is an exciting way to learn more about maths and science, with the UK winners getting the chance to compete against teams from France, USA and Japan at the International Finals.

All details here. Closing date for registration is February 28.

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.

Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology

The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology is an annual awards programme that helps teachers increase science, mathematics, and technology engagement in their schools and colleges. The awards programme is open to all schools and colleges in the UK.

Previously called the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, the award has been refreshed to encourage entries not only from science and maths, but also engineering, design and technology projects including 3D printing, robotics and coding, data science, artificial intelligence and electrification.

Entrants will submit an application outlining an idea for a sustainable science, mathematics or technology initiative, specific to your school and which you would deliver between September 2020 and June 2021.

Your initiative can focus on any area of science, mathematics, or technology, and it can be either a new idea or development of something you’re already working on. The most important thing: think innovative!

This annual award is an exciting opportunity for schools to receive funding for existing or proposed initiatives where up to 50 schools will be selected for a £1000 Special Merit Award and the opportunity to become a Rolls Royce finalist and receive an additional £5000 funding to progress their project.

Details here. Projects are judged half termly but the final closing date is April 11 2020.

Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award

Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer with QinetiQ are inviting you to take part in a fully funded national STEM competition. The Leaders Award ‘If you were an Engineer what would you do?’, is a curriculum-based competition that helps build literacy, design and technology skills and career related learning for pupils aged 3 to 19.  

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.

Register today  and download your FREE resources, including:

  • Project overview (links to current educational research including the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers Related Learning and FAQ)

  • Curriculum mapping to National Curriculum

  • Lesson Plans

  • Online live chats/ interviews with Engineers

  • Free Training – masterclass twilights are available across the country

All details here. Closing date 25 March 2020.

The 'Big BeeWalk Data' Research Competition

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s ‘Big BeeWalk Data’ research competition will give students an amazing insight into the ‘real world’ of conservation and research. Students will have the opportunity to access scientific data collected through the Trust’s BeeWalk citizen science project and produce their own unique research project which will contribute to our understanding of bumblebees.

We want students to think outside of the box for this competition. The idea is to try and find their own unique piece of research.

The competition is open to students aged 11 - 19 in education in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Details here. Closing date 7 February 2020.