LONDON Twenty four finalists, aged between 12 and 19, selected from the eleven regional finals that took place across the U.K. over the past two months, will be challenging for the title of ‘2006 Young Engineer for Britain’ in the Annual Celebration of Engineering, which takes place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on September 11.
A further 22 primary school students aged 10 and 11, in eleven teams of two, will take part in the national final of the K’Nex Challenge at the same event, while a short list of nine Young Engineers Clubs, represented by 39 students will compete for the Club of the Year title.
Young Engineer for Britain Finalists’ projects range from devices to help make our lives a little easier and safer, to products that will protect the environment; and from sporting aids and games to funky music effects.
K’Nex Challenge finalists will be competing against the clock to make a working model using a K’Nex construction kit, which they must then demonstrate in action to the judges. These competitors will only be told what model they have to make on the day.
Young Engineers Clubs will showcase some of the exciting projects that they have worked on during the past year.
The student who is named 2006 Young Engineer for Britain stands to win £2,000, which is shared with their school, and an all expenses paid trip to the U.S. to take part in the 2007 Intel sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
Tanya Budd, the current holder of the Young Engineer for Britain title, said, “I have had the most fantastic year as the 2005-2006 title holder – an amazing trip to America, where I won another $2,500, a scholarship to Brunel University and to cap it all, my project Hypo Hoist, a maritime safety device, was taken up by a commercially and is now being manufactured by Seascape Ltd, earning me valuable royalties. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t entered Young Engineer for Britain and I strongly commend it to all young people, who want to make a go of their lives in the exciting world of engineering”.