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
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
Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge
The TDI Challenge has four categories, and is open to anyone who has created an impressive Design & Technology project at school or college. * Individual student aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2) * Individual student aged 17-19 (A-Level/BTEC L3) * Student group (3- 6 members) aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2) * Student group (3-6members) aged 17-19(A-Level/BTEC L3)
Students can win prizes including an iPad, GoPro, Minirig, Drone plus many more. The winning school in each category will also win £1000 of vouchers to spend on D&T equipment for the classroom. Many students enter with their existing coursework projects, so it is not necessary to spend a lot of time creating a new project, although we also welcome projects developed especially for the TDI Challenge! Plus, finalists get a tour of a modern manufacturing plant and the opportunity to build links with their local engineering firms.
For more information and to download an application form, please visit www.mta.org.uk/tdi
DEADLINE: 12 May 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 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
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
Cogent Student Competition 2017
Can you help parents to become science career savvy?
Cogent Skills has launched a national competition to coincide with the annual Big Bang Fair, which is aimed at “Helping Parents Get Science Career Savvy”. Students will design a communications campaign to promote the range of careers in the science industries and the different routes into those careers, aimed at parents. The campaign should include a design for a poster and postcard, as well as a campaign name and slogan.
The school with the winning submission will see their campaign come to life, with copies of their poster and postcard professionally printed, as well as trophy to display.
DEADLINE: 12 noon on Friday 19th 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
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.