Competition time for young engineers

Energy has just received the latest SCDI Young Engineers Clubs newsletter and what leaps off the pages is the number of competitions there are this year. Engineering is becoming cool.

The top event of the year is the Young Engineer for Britain (age 12-18 contest, which is open to school years 7-13, P7 to S6, or equivalent, and has a May 31 deadline). The prizes are terrific.

As the Young Engineers website points out, today, it is true to say that virtually every aspect of our daily lives is enabled or aided in some way by engineers. Engineers make things happen, they turn ideas into real products and they provide the solutions to life’s everyday practical problems.

“What makes engineering so exciting is that you can apply it to all of the things that interest you most – these might include healthcare, the environment, sport and leisure, transport, entertainment, information technology or anything you care to name – because they all rely on engineers to a lesser or greater extent,” says Young Engineers.

“If you are creative, innovative and enterprising – then you have the potential to be an engineer and to help change the world for the better.”

Young Engineers challenges students to use their imagination to create, design and develop an original idea for a commercially viable device or system that meets a useful everyday need they have identified.

This competition considers solutions using any engineering discipline and is open to individuals and teams of students.

So enter the Young Engineer for Britain competition now and take a giant step towards achieving a fulfilling future. The listed contact is Jo Phillip at Young Engineers – phone 01428 727825. The website is

Scottish entries will be showcased at the Celebration of Engineering in June, for which details have yet to be posted on the Young Engineers Scotland website (

The Celebration of Engineering is for Scotland’s growing network of Young Engineers Clubs that now numbers more than 250 and whose newest additions include Keith Grammar and Kemnay Primary, the Gordon Schools, Tullos School and Alford Rockets Club.

The latest YECS newsletter says that clubs are invited to send a team of up to eight pupils for an action-packed and exciting day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Glasgow Science Centre in Glasgow.

Clubs have the opportunity to showcase their activities over the year.

All showcases will be judged, with cash prizes and trophies awarded in various categories, including Best Showcase – Secondary; Best Showcase – Primary, and overall YEC Scotland Club of the Year.

In addition, teams will compete in a series of three-minute technology challenges set by member companies.

If you want to know more, either about setting up a club or the competition, e-mail Sandy Moggach, co-ordinator, Young Engineers Clubs Scotland, at, or phone 07710 782110.