Return of the Science Museum’s Young Imagineers competition

Once again, the aim is to make STEM fun for children and provide them with lifelong skills

For a second year, Equinor and the Science Museum are working together on their Young Imagineers Competition to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life for children aged 7–14.

This competition, which builds on the success of Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum, invites young people aged 7–14 to create an innovative idea to make tomorrow’s world a better place. The competition winner will have a model of their design created and displayed at the Science Museum outside Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery.

Last year’s winner was Finlay Minter from Surrey who designed a hover wheelchair. Finlay’s idea was inspired by seeing his nan struggle with the stairs and getting on buses, and his aunt who uses a wheelchair.

The competition is encouraging the entrepreneurs of tomorrow to be creative and come up with something that will tackle a modern-day challenge and help make the world a better place. This year’s winner will be announced at a fun-packed day of entertainment at the Science Museum on Saturday 24 November.

“It gives young people a chance to flex their creative muscles and show how much fun STEM can be.”

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As well as Jill Tully, Investment Manager at Equinor Energy Ventures, this year’s panel will be Steph McGovern (BBC Breakfast presenter and former winner of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’) Barry Fitzgerald (Research Scientist and author of Secrets of Superhero Science), and Lopa Patel (Digital Media Entrepreneur who sits on the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum), while the main event will be hosted by popular science presenter Dallas Campbell.

A survey commissioned by Equinor found that only 25% of children aged 7–14 think STEM is fun, and less than 33% of children think it is creative.

Steph McGovern said: “For as far back as I can remember I have loved inventing things. From a secret alarm to stop my dad moving my stuff, to the vacuum cleaners I worked on when I was an engineer at Black & Decker, I love trying to solve problems with science. So I find it really frustrating that only a third of kids think that science, technology, engineering and maths are creative subjects.

“That’s why I’m really chuffed to be part of Equinor and the Science Museum’s Young Imagineers Competition. It gives young people a chance to flex their creative muscles and show how much fun STEM can be. I cannot wait to see what they come up with.”

For more information on the competition, see youngimagineers.equinor.com

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