2019 STEM Youth Innovation Competition – Shortlist Teams Announced!
Published: 24 April 2019
STEM Sussex is the STEM outreach support department of the University of Brighton
Published: 24 April 2019
This competition is held every year and seeks to stimulate passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in young people.
The theme of the competition this year has been “Fighting Extinction via drone technology” and students were asked to come up with a drone design to aid in the conservation of an endangered species. There were almost 100 submissions by teams from 34 different countries and regions and the finalists are truly international. Over a third of the entries were from girls, with submitted projects focusing on an enormous variety of endangered animals including snow leopards, black rhinos, pangolins, turtles and elephants.
45 teams are through to the July finals and can be viewed here. We are proud to see that one of the teams is from Sussex – Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA). Congratulations and good luck to all.
In the next round of the competition, students will have the opportunity to purchase, modify and fly a drone. They will complete two videos, one in which they demonstrate their modified drone in action, and a second where they present their work up to date. If they complete this round successfully, they will be invited to the UK for the live finals in July.
These finals will be held at the London Royal Air Force Museum where entrants will display their completed projects to their peers and a panel of judges. The overall winner will win £5,000. There will also be a range of awards and honours given out across the age ranges.
For more information about the BIEA International STEM Innovation Competition and to view the complete list of shortlist teams, visit our site: www.bieacompetition.org.uk/announcement, or follow BIEA @BIEAeducation on Twitter.
BIEA aims to bring together educators and young people of all ages from around the world, who share a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We hope our chosen topic will not only illustrate to the audience the importance of technological innovation when it comes to environmental protection efforts, but also inspire the next generation of STEM graduates to put their minds to solving this pressing world issue.
Wildlife is coming under increasing threat from human actions so Born Free is thrilled to be partnering with BIEA on this competition. It’s a chance to help the next generation understand the real-world application of STEM skills. How we can effectively use technology to protect and monitor wildlife populations could be the difference between extinction and survival for some of the world’s most threatened species.