Talent 2030

The National Engineering Competition for Girls is now CLOSED!

The competition, kindly sponsored by Rolls-Royce and EDF Energy, is now closed! Thank you to all who have submitted their entries, we will announce the finalists at the end of January 2015.

Our aim was to invite every girl in secondary education aged 11-18 across the UK to take part in this competition that will offer winners a £1,000 prize, an engineering mentor, the opportunity to showcase their entry at the Big Bang Fair 2015 and much more!

Competition details

Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls is a FREE competition that offers girls the chance to win £500 for themself and £500 for their school.

The competition invited girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

 For more information on the competition read the following below.

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Prizes

  • £1,000 for the winner of each category! £500 for you (shared between entrants for teams) and £500 for your school.
  • £100 for each runner-up entry! 3 runner-up places in each category. (Prize money to be shared between all entrants for team entries)
  • Engineering mentor for each category winner
  • All competition entrants have the opportunity to get a Bronze, Silver or Gold CREST Award. Shortlisted finalists who qualify for the award will have their registration costs refunded.
  • Free membership to the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) for the winners and runner-ups
  • £200 for the best display at the Big Bang Fair: All shortlisted finalists will be invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair and £200 will be awarded to the best exhibition and project explanation on the day.

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    Project Manager Olivia Jones (left) with 11-14 Runner-Ups

Who could enter?

  • All female students in secondary education
  • Girls could enter independently or through their schools
  • There are 3 different age categories 11-14 (Year 7-9), 15-16 (Year 10-11) and 17-18 (Year 12-13)
  • Girls entered individually or in groups of up to 6
  • Girls from all subject areas
  • One entry per group/individual (schools can submit multiple entries but girls cannot)

Key dates

  • Competition entry open: 29th September 2014
  • Competition entry deadline: 9pm on 19th December 2014
  • Big Bang Fair: All shortlisted finalists are invited to attend the Big Bang Fair on Saturday 14th March 2015. To find out more about the fair click here.

Competition Guidelines

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This could be…

Explaining what engineers are already doing and/or are going to do
or
Creating or explaining ideas of their own solutions

  • Review what you have found or evaluate what has been done
  • Present your conclusions or final solution. It’s up to you what format you do this in. Some examples include a video, website, report or poster. (If you have made something that can’t be uploaded, please include photographs or videos of it).
  • Need some inspiration? Click here for an example of a previous winning entry.

What are the judges looking for?

  • That the process above has been followed
  • Enthusiasm for tackling the challenge(s)
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • A high-quality final product (in whatever format has been chosen)

Note: Students do not have to qualify for a CREST Award in order to enter the competition but we are expecting entrants to have spent at least 10hrs on their project, which is the minimum requirement for a bronze award.

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