2021-Read the very first STEM Squad adventure right here!
To help get children excited about and ‘marvel’ at the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, we joined forces in 2021 with comic book artists, Andy Lanning and Ant Williams (best known for bringing some of the world’s most famous superheroes to life - like Captain America and The Hulk) to launch the ‘DM Universe’ (AKA the Difference Makers’ Universe – our elite group of STEM pioneers).
2020 - Sports of the Future competition
Whilst the world of sports was on hold during the lockdown, we challenged children to come up with a new sport or invention that makes an existing sport even better.
We received more than 100 entries with a whole host of innovative designs. The entries were scored by cycling champion Mark Cavendish, then IET President Peter Bonfield and IET Young Woman Engineer Ying Wan Loh.
With a tough decision on their hands, 13-year-old Charlotte Geary was chosen as the winner with her Electrodeck invention.
The world of skateboarding could be transformed with Electrodeck making skaters go faster and do more tricks without ever having to take their feet off the board!
Her clever combination of pressure points and a bidirectional accelerometer, the Electrodeck idea is constructed like any other skateboard. But, with hollow trucks and a thicker deck to house the tech, it wouldn’t look out of place in a skatepark, allowing users to unlock a multitude of new tricks.
Charlotte’s winning invention was made into a real-life prototype as part of her prize.
2020 - Generation Green
Our research showed that despite an emphasis on the need for green jobs, young people and their parents have a lack of understanding about these jobs, with many citing that this was their biggest barrier to their dream career.
To help harness kids’ passion, we created a video content series that looks at different green jobs in the field of engineering; what they are and what they entail.
Life on Mars - launching the first clarinet to the edge of space!
2018 - Lights, Camera, Action
To inspire budding engineers and raise awareness of the exciting work that engineers do in the music industry, the IET teamed up with long-running TV favourite, Blue Peter, to give three youngsters the chance to engineer a professional pop music video. The ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ competition was launched in September 2018 and ran exclusively through Blue Peter.
2017 - #ISeeMore chocolate bar of the future
Student Catherine Young, from Scotland, was crowned the winner of our #ISeeMore competition in 2017, in partnership with Mondelēz International, the UK’s largest branded food manufacturer.
Beating hundreds of applicants, Catherine’s out-of-this-world space-themed entry, named ‘Rocket Fuel’, included a mix of moulds, shapes, textures, and techniques of food engineering with delicious ingredients to create something truly impressive.
The #ISeeMore competition aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers by demonstrating how exciting, diverse and creative a career in engineering can be, through the medium of chocolate.