Teen science buffs urged to enter national competition

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Budding young inventors from Carrick are being encouraged to get their techno brainwaves flowing for the chance to win national recognition and prizes worth thousands.

The search is on for Britain’s next young thinkers, inventors and innovators to put forward their ideas in the National Science and Engineering Competition.

11-18 year olds across Carrick are being urged to down their Xboxes and trade-in the TV to take up this exciting challenge which won’t break the bank of mum and dad during the holidays. To qualify, youngsters need to come up with a novel idea, invention, concept or solution to a problem.

And with some of the world’s best inventions thought up by inquisitive teens – the trampoline, ear muffs, Braille and even the concept for the world’s first television - and time on their hands this summer, it’s the perfect incentive to test, stretch and expand young minds.

And that ‘light bulb moment’ could see them crowned ‘UK Young Engineer of the Year’ or ‘UK Young Scientist of the Year’.

Entrants have until October 31 to take part, and those with the best projects could see themselves representing Carrick at the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition at The Big Bang Fair at London ExCeL in March 2013 – the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people.

There, Britain’s bright young sparks will get to showcase their big ideas to over 60,000 visitors and come face to face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style competition process.

Kate Bellingham, TV presenter, celebrity judge and champion for science and engineering, said: “We all know science and maths goes on in schools. But you only need to look around at the technology and engineering in our everyday lives to get inspiration for projects you could do outside of school.

“Who knows, by being creative this summer, youngsters in Carrick could win themselves a prize at the National Science + Engineering Competition... and even come up with an invention or innovation that can change people’s lives. What a brilliant way to spend your summer!”

Entries can be uploaded online at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nsec through a written submission or by producing a short film. Visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/nsec for more information about this year’s competition.

The Carrick Gazette would love to hear from you if you plan to enter this year’s competition. You can Tweet us at @CarrGaz, comment on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarrickGazette, or find our contact details by clicking on ‘contact us’ at the bottom of our homepage.