The National Engineering Competition for Girls has launched!
The 2015-16 competition, kindly sponsored by Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy and PepsiCo, is now open!
Our aim is 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 2016 and much more!
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.
- £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.
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)
- Competition entry open: 28th September 2015
- Competition entry deadline: 6pm on 18th December 2015
- Big Bang Fair: All shortlisted finalists are invited to attend the Big Bang Fair on Saturday 19th March 2015. To find out more about the fair click here.
- Identify some of the challenges of the 21st century
- Pick one, or a few, to brainstorm and research in more detail
- Decide what you are going to do about the challenge(s) you have chosen
This could be…
Explaining what engineers are already doing and/or are going to do
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.