UK Schools Scoop Top Prizes in STEM competition
Published: 17 July 2019
STEM Sussex is the STEM outreach support department of the University of Brighton
Published: 17 July 2019
UK school children scooped some of the top awards at the finals of a major international STEM competition in London earlier this month.
More than 25 teams from countries including China, the USA, India, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and the UK converged on the Royal Air Force Museum to contest the International STEM Youth Innovation Competition.
The teams competed in ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitches, battling it out in the air as they showcased ways drones could be used to protect endangered species
Children from Kent College in Canterbury were awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award in the 12-14 yr old category with their plan to save the rhino while a home educated team from Ashford in Kent won the same award for the 15-17 yr category with their scheme to save the sea turtle.
Meanwhile two London teams, from Alpha Prep School in Harrow (pictured above) in the 9-11 yr category) and from the Henrietta Barnett School in North London in the 15-17 yr category, were overall championship runners-up, with their ideas to protect sea turtles and the snow leopard respectively.
The overall grand prize of £5000 was won by the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia, for their impressive strategy to protect the endangered vultures of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a task made even harder by the estimated 80,000 landmines in 8500 locations around Bosnia and Herzegovina left over from the Balkan Wars.
The competition was organised by the British International Education Association (BIEA), which champions British education ideals around the world, and backed by the Born Free Foundation – the contest challenged youngsters to use technology for good.
The STEM competition runs each year with a different theme and registrations are already open for the 2020 competition at www.bieacompetition.org.uk.
How these groups of young people planned and executed their impressive strategies to protect endangered species was hugely impressive and we were all overawed by the talent and enthusiasm on display.
Drones offer the perfect way to reach them (vultures) safely in their natural habitat, and our hope is that by monitoring and tracking their numbers properly, we can encourage the government to take action to help conserve these vital animals.