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Eco-Innovators competition invites students to combine creativity and engineering

Published: 21/05/2019

The ‘Eco Innovators’ competition - announced by Science Minister Chris Skidmore at the launch of the Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaign, a legacy project of the successful Year of Engineering campaign - invites students aged 7-19 to combine their creativity and engineering skills to design a new chargepoint for electric vehicles that is innovative, iconic and beautiful.

Chris Skidmore, Science and Innovation Minister, said: “The UK has an extraordinary engineering history, from Ada Lovelace’s instrumental role in developing the first computer to Frank Whittle inventing the turbojet engine. I want our future to be as innovative as our past and to do that we must boost STEM skills across the country.

“The Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaign will play a crucial role in inspiring the next generation. I am proud to be leading on this important campaign, as we seek to upskill people to meet the challenges of tomorrow through our modern Industrial Strategy.”

The UK hopes to have every car and van sold be zero emission by 2040, which will require a significant increase in the number of charge points on public streets. To accommodate this change, the chargepoints will need to fit into the current cityscape and be as easy to use as filling up at the pump. The competition aims to engage students with this change and to help them understand the importance of electric vehicles, as well as champion the possibilities of an engineering career.

Nusrat Ghani, 2018 Year of Engineering Minister, said: “It’s an exciting time for engineering and I’ve seen first-hand the impact the Year of Engineering campaign has had, inspiring young people from all backgrounds into careers across the sector.

“The ‘Eco-Innovators’ competition encourages young people to see engineering as an exciting and creative career path, helping them shape the world around them and make a real difference.”

Prizes include

  • 1st place - winning design built as scale model by National Transport Design Centre and displayed at BP Chargemaster's Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, plus more
  • 2nd place - dual chargepoint installed at the school plus an Electric Vehicle Experience Day from Octopus Electric Vehicles
  • 3rd place - Tesla Electric Vehicle Experience at the school and Tesla Work Experience Day.

The competition is open to all students between 7-19 in the UK and entries close on 18 October 2019. Competition packs can be downloaded here.