What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question put to students aged 11-14 by The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell’s cross-curricular schools’ competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition invites young people to use their creativity, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With over £45,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!
The Bright Ideas Challenge is designed to spark young people’s curiosity in science and engineering and to help schools deliver the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. The resources have also been aligned to careers strategies across the UK, making it even easier to provide quality STEM careers inspiration in the classroom.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association has developed the TDI Challenge to promote the great design and technology and engineering work of teachers and students.
The aim of the competition is to promote STEM skills and help the technology industry better understand the challenges faced in education and how the industry can assist through collaboration.
There are four categories you can enter:
individual student aged 14-16
individual student aged 17-19
student group (3-6 members) aged 14-16
student group (3-6 members) aged 17-19
The winners of each category will win prizes such as an iPad or GoPro and the schools will receive £2000 to spend on design and technology equipment. Students and teachers can submit coursework or projects that are already existing so you needn’t spend time creating a new piece of work.
The Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize, supported by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 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 Youth Industrial Strategy Competition is a new national STEM initiative that aims to inspire & challenge young people aged 11-to-19.
Focused around the four Grand Challenges of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the Competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change our future industries, society and the environment.
Students can work on their own or as part of a team to create their own science or technology project based on the Grand Challenges.
All Youth Industrial Strategy Competition entries should be student-led, with a clear Grand Challenge themed idea at its core, including elements of teamwork, communication and reflective practice. There are some handy resources in the CREST library to help your students start their projects.