Budding engineers get their chance to shine

If you were an engineer, what would you do? This is the challenge at the heart of the Leaders Award.

A free, UK-wide competition, the Leaders’ Award, organised by Primary Engineer, has been designed to spark the interest of children from 3-18 years in engineering.

As well as supporting the curriculum requirements of literacy, vocabulary and communication skills, the competition aims to meet the benchmarks set by Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Good Practical Science report.

“This programme develops the opportunities to expand pupils’ cultural and science capital. By increasing their understanding of what engineering offers to the world, we are inspiring the next generation of engineers to embrace and nurture their natural imagination and creativity.” Dr Susan Scurlock, Creator of the Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award

The challenge connects schools with engineers from local firms and asks pupils to interview them, look for a problem that engineering can solve and draw it. They will also be tasked with writing a letter to engineers explaining how the invention would work and why a prototype should be built.

Every entry is graded by engineers and educationalists. Shortlisted inventions will form part of regional public exhibitions and the winners will be presented trophies at prestigious awards nights. One invention from the regional entries will be selected by the partner university to make it into a reality by building a prototype.

A programme of live WebEx interviews with engineers will be available in September.

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Registration is now open for the 2019 Leaders Award. 

Find out more about the competition 

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