Equinor and the Science Museum Announce 2019 Young Imagineers Shortlist

8 November 2019

The competition, celebrating the UK’s most creative young minds in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), asked children aged 7-14 years what invention they would create to make tomorrow’s world a better place.

Now in its 3rd year, the Young Imagineers competition saw a record number of entries from across the UK with 2,719 submissions received: over double the amount entered in 2018! The shortlist of ten children represent a diverse mix of imaginative, inventive ideas that address a variety of global and local challenges faced by the planet, people and animals, and is as follows:

  1. Aamena, 13, from Middlesex: with a thoughtful invention to help make life a little easier for those with dementia.
  2. Maggie, 10, from Dorset: with a creative idea for a roaming CCTV camera device to help the police-force tackle crime in urban areas.
  3. Yingying, 9, from Oxford: with a marvellous invention to help tackle the problem of deforestation in the rainforest.
  4. Kate, 8, from South Shields: with a lovely idea for a technology-enhanced soft toy that boosts children’s mental health and wellbeing.
  5. Shriya, 10, from Croydon: with a super-smart invention for eco-friendly artificial trees to help make cities more sustainable
  6. Balsam, 10, from Croydon: with an incredible idea for a surgical invention to help those suffering from brain injury and trauma.
  7. Morgan, 12, from Durham: with a clever adaptation of a drone to create a vital medical tool that could help save lives.
  8. James, 11, from Oxford: with his invention designed to help provide urgent and speedy relief in situations where natural disasters occur.
  9. Daniel, 10, from North London: with a futuristic solar powered jet-bag idea for travelling to school in a quick and environmentally friendly way.
  10. Samuel, 8, from Northampton: with an invention for a robot that tackles the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans. 

All ten finalists will now pitch their ideas in person to the Equinor Young Imagineers panel of judges at a ‘Finalists’ Day later this month, hosted by science broadcaster Dallas Campbell at the Science Museum in London. The 2019 judges, who are all passionate about encouraging young people in STEM, include broadcaster, author and STEM-fanatic Konnie Huq; ‘superhero scientist’ Dr. Barry Fitzgerald; digital entrepreneur and trustee of the Science Museum Group Lopa Patel MBE; and Wind Farm Developer (Equinor) Sophie Banham. 

Konnie Huq comments: “It’s been such a pleasure being involved with this year’s Equinor Young Imagineers competition and personally, I’m thrilled to see so many young minds engaging with science, technology, engineering and maths. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators and inventors. Sparking an interest in STEM amongst our children, is key to ensuring our society and our world can progress! I can’t wait now to hear more about the ideas from our ten finalists, my only worry is having to pick one winner as I’m sure they are all going to be outstanding!”

Representing Equinor, Sophie Banham added: “At the heart of the Young Imagineers competition, is the ambition that Equinor can play its part in inspiring a new generation of STEM experts: so that one day they may help shape a secure and sustainable energy future. 

“It really is a huge achievement for these children to have made it to the final ten and they should feel so proud. We’re delighted that so many were inspired to take the time to develop and submit their ideas for Young Imagineers 2019 and wish all our finalists the very best of luck.”

The judges will deliberate and agree on the overall winner, who will be announced in early December and will have their winning idea created as a 3D model and exhibited inside the Science Museum in 2020. The winner will also receive a bespoke-designed experience day at the museum, an annual pass to Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum and 50 copies of the book ‘This Book Thinks You’re A Scientist’ for their school.

Young Imagineers is an annual competition run as an extension of Equinor’s partnership with the Science Museum, which includes title sponsorship of its interactive gallery Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery. This immersive space is designed to ignite curiosity, fuel imagination and inspire children to see the world around them in new and exciting ways. 

Previous Equinor Young Imagineers competition winners include Millie with her idea for a ‘Solar Powered Pollution Sucking Robot Pigeon’ (2018) and Finlay with his ‘Hover Wheelchair’ invention (2017).

The Equinor Young Imagineers competition opened online on 3rd September 2019 and the deadline for entries was 27th October 2019. 

For further information, please contact Bianca Cox at HEART Productions on mobile: 07940570678 or email.

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