Friday, May 25, 2007

Young Engineer of the Year deadline approaches

The deadline for the 2007 Young Engineer for Britain entries is approaching on May 31st.
This comes hot on the heels of the news that two previous year’s winners went on last week to scoop top prizes amounting to $19,500 at the Intel sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Alberquerque, New Mexico. Andrew Nowell (19) from Nottingham and David Badger from Sheffield won the right to travel to America as part of their prizes from the 2006 Young Engineer for Britain competition last September.
The Young Engineer for Britain has a £2,000 top prize and the opportunity to emulate Andrew and David’s success in America. Eleven regional judging events begin in Belfast on 12 June and finishes at the University of Sunderland on 17 July (see below) and each regional event itself offers a range of valuable prizes, including a new award from REKTN (Resource Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Network) for the project doing the most to sustain energy. The regional finals also provide the opportunity to qualify for the National Final, which takes place at the Annual Celebration of Engineering at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich on 17 September.
There are four awards categories in the competition and two eligible age
groups: 12 -16 and 16 -19. The awards categories are design and innovation; product development and marketability; engineering craftsmanship and finish; integration and application of electronics.
Regional winners in each of these categories can win £150, whilst national winners can win £800. Overall regional winners receive £200 and automatically qualify for the national final and there are a number of wild cards at the discretion of the panel judges, who are drawn from industry and who specialise in one or more of the judging criteria. All cash awards are shared between students and their schools.
Schools have been able to enter the 2007 competition on line at the Young Engineers’ web site www.youngeng.org.

Regional events:

Date - Region - Location
12/06/07 - Northern Ireland - Odyssey Centre, Belfast
21/06/07 - North West - Salford University
22/06/07 - Scotland - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow
28/06/07 - South East and London - Surrey University, Guilford
02/07/07 - South West - FAA Museum, Yeovilton
03/07/07 - East - Anglia University, Chelmsford
05/07/07 - East Midlands - Nottingham Trent University
06/07/07 - West Midlands - Thinktank at Millenium Point
10/07/07 - Yorks and Humberside - Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
16/07/07 - Wales - Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
17/07/07 - North East - University of Sunderland

"There is still time to enter this major competition, which sets out to identify the nation’s top young engineering entrepreneurs. Much has been said about the importance of engineering to the future of the country and by entering this competition, students can make a vital start on this path,” said Young Engineers’ Project Manager, Joanne Phillips.

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