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Competitions and Awards

  • This is a new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers. Open for L6 students aged 16-17. Closing date is Friday 3rd July 2020.
    Tata Steel Sixth Form Materials Prize
    This is a new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers. Open for L6 students aged 16-17. Closing date is Friday 3rd July 2020.
  • Take part in an engineering challenge and create your Great Exhibition at home! Submit a 1 minute video presenting your Great Exhibition at Home, which tackles the question: How can engineering help protect the planet? Open for children aged 7-14. Closing date is 10th Spetember.
    The Great Exhibition at Home
    Take part in an engineering challenge and create your Great Exhibition at home! Submit a 1 minute video presenting your Great Exhibition at Home, which tackles the question: How can engineering help protect the planet? Open for children aged 7-14. Closing date is 10th Spetember.
  • In a special edition of the competition, we are inviting people of all ages to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like. This year, Linnaeus would like a new portrait of his furry friend, Sjupp.Open for student aged 8 tp 19+. No fixed closing date!
    Linnean Society Portrait Competition
    In a special edition of the competition, we are inviting people of all ages to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like. This year, Linnaeus would like a new portrait of his furry friend, Sjupp.Open for student aged 8 tp 19+. No fixed closing date!
  • We’re looking for exciting short stories featuring robots for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. This is your chance you show off your creativity and take the readers on an adventure into the world of robotics. Once upon a robot is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old. Closing date 8th June.
    Once upon a robot competition
    We’re looking for exciting short stories featuring robots for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. This is your chance you show off your creativity and take the readers on an adventure into the world of robotics. Once upon a robot is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old. Closing date 8th June.
  • Do you have the imagination to draw a winning robot design?  Draw a robot you’d like to see in the future for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Draw a robot is open to children aged between 5 and 7 years old. Closing date 8th June.
    Draw a robot competition
    Do you have the imagination to draw a winning robot design? Draw a robot you’d like to see in the future for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Draw a robot is open to children aged between 5 and 7 years old. Closing date 8th June.
  • Create your own Special Species and enter into our competition! We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!). Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.
    Special Species Competition
    Create your own Special Species and enter into our competition! We are currently accepting entries from all age groups (even adults!). Winners are awarded in April, July, September and December.
  • The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on the theme ‘Our changing world’. There are two age categories: 18 and over and under 18. Closing date: 24th July 2020.
    Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition
    The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on the theme ‘Our changing world’. There are two age categories: 18 and over and under 18. Closing date: 24th July 2020.
  • The Royal Society of Biology competition celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science in three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18). Closing date is 31st July 2020.
    The Nancy Rothwell Award
    The Royal Society of Biology competition celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science in three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18). Closing date is 31st July 2020.
  • Each year the Biochemical Society has looked to identify and celebrate outstanding science communicators with an annual Science Communication Competition. This is open in two categories: post-16 students (i.e. Key Stage 5) and higher education. The deadline for entries is 28th May 2020.
    Biochemical Society Science Communication Competition
    Each year the Biochemical Society has looked to identify and celebrate outstanding science communicators with an annual Science Communication Competition. This is open in two categories: post-16 students (i.e. Key Stage 5) and higher education. The deadline for entries is 28th May 2020.
  • FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Through team-based relationships between peers and adults, participants engage in valuable STEM experiences relevant to the world around them.
    First Lego League JR.
    FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Through team-based relationships between peers and adults, participants engage in valuable STEM experiences relevant to the world around them.
  • The Great Bug Hunt 2020 - The winners have been announced! Visit the Great Bug Hunt 2020 page to find out who the winners are...
    The Great Bug Hunt 2020!
    The Great Bug Hunt 2020 - The winners have been announced! Visit the Great Bug Hunt 2020 page to find out who the winners are...
  • CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
    CREST Awards
    CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is a UK-wide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) award scheme managed by the British Science Association.
  • A fabulous day was had by all as Metabugs, and their travelling insectarium, were on hand again to visit this year’s winning school, the Convent of Jesus and Mary in London.
    The Great Bug Hunt 2019
    A fabulous day was had by all as Metabugs, and their travelling insectarium, were on hand again to visit this year’s winning school, the Convent of Jesus and Mary in London.
  • The next round of Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants of applications is open in January 2020!  The Biochemical Society have grants of up to £1000 available to help fund activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience, or more general biology, to young people and the community.
    Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
    The next round of Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants of applications is open in January 2020! The Biochemical Society have grants of up to £1000 available to help fund activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience, or more general biology, to young people and the community.
  • UK charity Greenpower Education Trust is inviting schools to enter the Greenpower Challenge with the aid of a bursary scheme, supported by Siemens. Closing date for the next round of bursary applications is Friday 14 February 2020.
    The Greenpower Challenge
    UK charity Greenpower Education Trust is inviting schools to enter the Greenpower Challenge with the aid of a bursary scheme, supported by Siemens. Closing date for the next round of bursary applications is Friday 14 February 2020.
  • The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
    Edina Trust
    The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
  • One-day chemistry events held at various Universities throughout the UK and Ireland.
    Salters' Festivals of Chemistry
    One-day chemistry events held at various Universities throughout the UK and Ireland.
  • The Salters' Chemistry Club Handbooks 1 and 2 are a very popular source of activities for teachers to use in chemistry clubs, enrichment activities or open evenings.
    Salters' Chemistry Club Handbook
    The Salters' Chemistry Club Handbooks 1 and 2 are a very popular source of activities for teachers to use in chemistry clubs, enrichment activities or open evenings.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the operational partner for the FLL® competition in the UK and Ireland. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.
    First Lego League
    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the operational partner for the FLL® competition in the UK and Ireland. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year.
  • The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Apply now for the 'Race for the line competition' - A Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition for England & Wales
    Bloodhound SSC - Race for the Line Competition
    The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Apply now for the 'Race for the line competition' - A Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition for England & Wales
  • A very different, very fun experience for budding innovators that will help bridge the gap between an idea and commercial viability. Open to students aged 16-18 and resident in Northern Ireland,  five finalists will receive an 8 week summer internships, £1500 each, and mentoring from an expert entrepreneur
    CONNECT Young Founders
    A very different, very fun experience for budding innovators that will help bridge the gap between an idea and commercial viability. Open to students aged 16-18 and resident in Northern Ireland, five finalists will receive an 8 week summer internships, £1500 each, and mentoring from an expert entrepreneur
  • Fundraising for lions competition: This fantastic fundraising pack will empower your students to take some social action while having great fun learning about Asiatic lions. Open for students aged 3 to 18 years of age.
    Fundraising for lions
    Fundraising for lions competition: This fantastic fundraising pack will empower your students to take some social action while having great fun learning about Asiatic lions. Open for students aged 3 to 18 years of age.
  • Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. We invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions and challenges.
    Imagine Cup Innovation Competition
    Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. We invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions and challenges.
  • Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. These grants are available to both BPS members and non-members, including schools and teachers, and deadlines for applications fall in February and September.
    The British Pharmacological Society-Outreach grants
    Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. These grants are available to both BPS members and non-members, including schools and teachers, and deadlines for applications fall in February and September.
  • Gratnells supports science education with numerous important awards and initiatives, championing technicians professional status.
    Gratnells Education Zone
    Gratnells supports science education with numerous important awards and initiatives, championing technicians professional status.
  • A new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers.
    Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize
    A new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers.
  • Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
    Beat the Flood
    Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.
  • A range of different STEM challenges that can be both incorporated into your lessons or be used as the basis for an off-timetable day. Perfect for National Science and Engineering Week.
    Practical Action STEM Resources
    A range of different STEM challenges that can be both incorporated into your lessons or be used as the basis for an off-timetable day. Perfect for National Science and Engineering Week.
  • A European scheme bringing together students for an annual challenge competition.
    SCI-TECH Challenge
    A European scheme bringing together students for an annual challenge competition.

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