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2022 Campaign

2021 and beyond campaigns

Over the years, we’ve worked with vloggers and well-known brands to go behind the scenes at some renowned attractions to find out about the vital role engineering plays.

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.

Read more about Generation Green

2019 - IET Life on Mars

We teamed up with the iconic Beano comic and gave 10-year-old Elin an out-of-this-world experience when she sent her engineered clarinet into orbit!

The Life on Mars competition asked six to 16-year-olds to re-design something they couldn’t live without should they ever move to another planet. It formed part of this year’s Engineer a Better World campaign and supported our mission to help inspire young people about the world of aerospace engineering and the range of modern roles that need STEM skills.

As part of the campaign, we sought young people’s views on the future of our planet as well as how they feel about space exploration.

The study found that nearly half of under 16s believe a human colony on Mars will be established in their lifetime. A love for space is a key factor in their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Whilst Elin wants to take her clarinet to space, a third of UK children (36 per cent) say they would want to take their TV should they one day live there.

Watch Elin launch her space clarinet to the edge of the atmosphere where it reached a height of 35km and temperatures as low as -63°C before hurtling back to earth at speeds of over 150mph. The clarinet was launched in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and landed safely by parachute over 70 miles away near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

Life on Mars - launching the first clarinet to the edge of space!

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.