The Gazette’s Young Engineers Challenge is back for a fourth year, giving every secondary school on the Fylde coast a chance to win £10,000 to fund science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) facilities in their school.
The STEM Skills Challenge gives teenagers a chance to show off their prowess in the subject, competing against other schools to win the top prize by completing a tough task, designed to test their creative, engineering, design and construction skills.
The competition is sponsored by Cuadrilla Resources and Centrica Energy, and hosted by Blackpool and the Fylde College, to foster the engineers of the future.
Last year’s winners, Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, used the £10,000 fund to purchase a range of new equipment.
The Gazette editor said: ‘You only have to see how much the students love being part of the competition to realise this is opening up tremendous opportunities for young people and enthusing them with a love of STEM subjects.’
Previous year’s challenges have included the design and construction of a wind powered buggy and a working cable car, using basic materials.
However the 2016 competition will be a blind challenge, with full details of the task only being given to the teams on the day. The heats will take place early February with the best performing teams being invited back to participate in the final later in the month, when the winning team will walk away with the £10,000 prize. The challenges will take place in the college’s new state of the art ICT centre on the Bispham campus.
Another element of the challenge is the STEM Club of the Year competition, where students have the opportunity to showcase their club to a panel of judges, with the winners picking up £2,000.
If you want to register your school for the STEM Skills Challenge and the STEM club of the year competition, call The Gazette promotions team on 01253 361709.