Do you want to make a great project to enter into the National Science + Engineering Competition? Then read our tips to make a project you can be proud of!
Judges are looking for inventions and innovations. Try to come up with an idea that finds a new way to test something, or a fresh application for a product, or a novel way to process data.
We want to receive all sorts of projects from all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Entries can take the form of
- A piece of original research
- An original invention
- A design for a new or improved item
- Experimentation using new techniques or existing techniques in an original way
- Use of media to demonstrate a scientific principle or concept
- The application of a diagnostic and/or creative approach to a well-defined problem or research question
- A piece of work which explores issues surrounding science or aims to improve the engagement of others with science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Subject or topic
The best scientists and engineers have passion for their subject or topic, so we suggest you have a think about the areas of STEM that you find most interesting. We accept all areas of science and engineering that include, but are not exclusive to, the following:
SCIENCE + MATHS
> Agricultural Science
> Environmental Science
> Electronics (theory)
ENGINEERING + TECHNOLOGY
> Design and technology
> Electronics (design and use)
> Engineering (all disciplines)
> Food technology
> Graphic products
> Information technology and computing
> Resistant materials
> Textile technology
Have a well-defined, easy-to-understand goal or objective. Make it clear what you are doing and why. However you enter – whether it be through a Near Me Fair, online written submission or a film - make sure your message is clear and that the judges will be able to understand your project.
When entering a project into the Competition, it is vital that you understand what your project produced and that you know it inside out. You need to understand what you did, why you did it, and what conclusions you could make based on your results. The judges will probe into your project and if you don’t know the answer to their questions, who will?
Presentation is a very important factor when entering a project. However you apply, make sure it is neat, the message is clear, and that you are proud of your work.
There are many schemes you can work with to create a great project to enter into the National Science + Engineering Competition. To find a scheme that would suit please see our Links page.
To see how you can enter the Competition, please see our How to Enter page.