Biology Challenge (Junior Biology Olympiad) is a competition open to all your school’s 13-15 year olds and will take place online in schools between 6th and 24th March 2017.
Teachers are now able to register their school for Biology Challenge via the Royal Society of Biology website. Registration costs £30 per school and includes competition entry for all your school's eligible students.
Biology Challenge is open to 13-15 year old pupils in Year 9/Year 10 in England and Wales, Year 10/Year 11 in Northern Ireland and S2/S3 in Scotland and equivalent year groups globally.
DEADLINE to register your school: 26th February 2017
The Royal College of Science Union Science Challenge 2017
10 Year Anniversary - The theme for this year is: The Future
The Science Challenge is the Royal College of Science Union's annual science communication competition. This competition is open to all students at Imperial College and participating schools. Requiring entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning, the Science Challenge tests the ability of today's young scientists to teach the public about the science that affects their lives.
The RCSU Science Challenge welcomes school pupils to attend the launch and take part in the competition. Find out how to get your school involved in the Science Challenge, and take this exciting opportunity to meet students and academics from a world top 3 university. http://sciencechallenge.org/schools
DEADLINE: noon 1st March 2017
My Tech Future competition for primary & secondary school students
As part of the My Tech Future campaign, the Tech Partnership is giving primary and secondary school-aged students a chance to win one of 2 Samsung Galaxy Tablets in a brand new competition to get them thinking about tech.
Secondary school entrants are asked to put their innovation hats on and think about how tech can enhance a musical experience. Primary school students are encouraged to think about how they’ll use tech in their job when they grow up. So, if you know any budding techies in the making, make sure you spread the word.
Entries can be individual or by a group/classroom
DEADLINE: 17th March 2017
The Bright Ideas Challenge
We believe the answers to tomorrow’s energy challenges lie in young people’s ingenuity. That’s why we’re inviting secondary school students across Great Britain, aged 11-14, to imagine innovative solutions to power the cities of the future.
The Bright Ideas Challenge asks students to imagine creative ideas for how cities of the future might be powered. It’s designed to spark young people’s curiosity in science and engineering and to help you deliver the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. And with up to £50,000 of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) prizes available, we hope as many schools as possible from across England, Wales and Scotland get involved.
Ready to rise to the challenge? We’ve created resources to guide you and your students towards submitting a fantastic entry.
DEADLINE: 5pm on Friday April 21, 2017.
The Royal Photographic Society International Images For Science 2017
International Images for Science is calling for images that cover all breadth of science from medicine, forensic science, zoology, engineering, astronomy, all scientific fields. The competition is open to all, RPS members and non-members. There are three age specific categories: Aged 17 and Under, Aged 18 – 25, and Aged 26 and Over.
Upload your best images showing any aspect of science, whether recording it, documenting it or capturing how science is seen and impacts upon our everyday lives.
DEADLINE: midnight on 30th April 2017
Technicians Make It Happen
On Monday 15 August an image sharing competition #techniciansmakeithappen was launched by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
"Look around you and find something that technicians will have helped to make. Be creative - we’re talking about almost anything you use in your daily life, from your face wash to your trainers.
Next snap it - take a picture of it with ‘Technicians Make it Happen’ somewhere in the pic - it can be a sticker, post-it note, chalkboard - whatever you fancy. Finally, post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #techniciansmakeithappen."
DEADLINE: An overall winner will be selected in April 2017
2017 Schools Aerospace Challenge
Schools Aerospace Challenge is a competition for 16-18 year-olds, challenged to submit design solutions to a fictitious, but realistic, RAF Operational Requirement.
Each year, teams from schools, Air Training Corps or other youth organisations, answer a realistic aerospace design challenge set together with the Royal Air Force. Shortlisted teams get to experience lots of what the aerospace world has to offer in a five-day Summer School at Cranfield University.
Winners are announced at a prestigious reception in London, with a price of £3,000 for first place, and £1,000 to two runners up.
So, what are you waiting for? Have you got what it takes? Get started on the Schools Aerospace Challenge 2017.
www.schools-aerospace-challenge.com for registration and competition details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: 31 May 2017
SSFX Space Sound Effects Short-Film Competition
Space Sound Effects (SSFX) is an online short-film competition for filmmakers to submit up to 15 minute-long entries featuring and inspired by sounds recorded in space by satellites.
All subjects and genres accepted
£2000 worth of prizes on offer
Free entry for all ages
Awards ceremony and screening at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London, UK. If you'd like to submit a film register your interest.
DEADLINE: 3 July 2017
The Crest Awards are awarded by the British Science Association and are offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with the highest award open to teams of 16-19 year olds. There are three categories of CREST project to choose from, depending on students’ interest: Research; Investigation, Design/Making; and Science Communication.
The most important thing is that there is an element of investigation and exploration, and that the project sets out to answer a question or solve a problem.
Welcome to the 2016 Learning Zone Minecraft Oceans Competition!
The goal is to build the best model of the Sentinel-3 or Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellites, or get creative and design your own satellite and/or ocean monitoring system with buoys, automatic robots etc.
For the first category, we will provide you with 3D views of the Sentinel-3 and Jason-3 satellites, for you to recreate in Minecraft. Build one, two or both, the choice is yours!
For the second category, the sky is literally the limit! Go crazy thinking up an interesting design for your ocean monitoring satellite.
Show us what it can do and why and you can even design your own ocean monitoring system using the image of the Global Ocean Observing System as your inspiration.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to entrants aged between 6-16 years in three age categories (6-8, 9-11, and 12-16).
DEADLINE: 28 February 2017.
£10,000 Longitude Explorer Prize
The Internet of Things has the potential to make us happier, healthier and more connected, transforming the way we live. We challenge young people to develop innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve health and well-being of people in the UK.
Areas of particular interest include childhood obesity, physical activity, mental health and pollution, but ideas can relate to any other health issues.
The key dates for your diary include:
9 January 2017 – Prize opens
3 March 2017 – Deadline for entries
20 March 2017 – Announcement of finalists
28 April – Induction Event
28 June 2017 – deadline for Workbook submission
13 July 2017 – Award Event
Raspberry Pi PIONEERS CHALLENGE
Raspberry Pi are looking for Pioneers (aged between twelve and 15) to use technology to make awesome things. Get together in a team, make a thing, and share it online. The most impressive, interesting, and ingenious makes will win money-can’t-buy prizes and cool swag.
They’ve set a challenge to inspire you to get creative with technology. Your challenge? Make us laugh! This is not a joke. Come up with a hilariously genius gag, prank or caper that involves some kind of technology to make it happen. Register your team for more support.
DEADLINE: Wednesday 22 March
Maplin Maker Challenge
Make any musical micro:bit invention, share videos of it with Maplin on social media and the best will win a £1000 maker bundle.
DEADLINE: 22 April 2017
BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) Competition
Aged between 10 & 18? Could you be the future of games?
Whether you love to code, draw or write the story, BAFTA YGD gives you an insight into the world of game making, as well the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers through our annual competition.
The competition allows you to explore the different areas of making a video game: enter the Game Making Award or Game Concept Award. If you’re chosen as a finalist, you could see your gaming idea turned into a reality, win amazing prizes and get to meet the some of the biggest stars of the industry at a glitzy awards ceremony in London!
You can also nominate an inspirational leader for our YGD Mentor Award.
YGD also provides information, support, and resources for teachers and code club leaders who want to include game creation and the YGD competition in their teaching, afterschool clubs and code clubs.
DEADLINE: 3 May 2017
Uncover Copper: 2017 Copper Education Competition
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.
How to take part
Choose one of the three categories and design an A3 poster that answers the questions, exploring the red metal’s applications and the chemical, physical and mechanical properties behind its use.
DEADLINE: 31 May 2017. Winners will be announced in June.
Youth Grand Challenges
A new STEM competition that aims to inspire young people, aged 11-to-19, to see how science and technology can be deployed to tackle global health issues. The theme for 2016/17 is infectious diseases.
To participate in the Youth Grand Challenges competition, students must undertake a CREST project on a topic of their choice that relates to the overarching theme of infectious diseases – such as mosquitos, sanitation, or vaccines, and that is in an eligible topic area aligned with a current theme of research supported by the Global Grand Challenges. All students who successfully complete projects as part of the Youth Grand Challenges will receive recognition for their work in the form of a CREST Award at the appropriate level, as well as being entered into the competition.
Students can either use one of our project resources, or come up with their own idea for a project.
DEADLINE: 26th September 2017