Shortlist unveiled after record number of entries to the Young Imagineers competition

9 November 2018

  • Equinor’s Young Imagineers 2018 competition received nearly 1,200 ideas from children across the UK on how to make the world a better place.
  • Selfless ideas predominated, with this year’s entrants most keen to improve the lives of people with disabilities (21%), protect the environment (17%), and contribute to better health and nutrition (13%).
  • The competition aims to inspire children to bring fun and creativity to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Young Imagineers invited young people aged 7-14 to create an innovative idea to tackle a modern-day challenge.

Following the success of the 2017 Young Imagineers competition, Equinor, in partnership with the Science Museum, invited children to come up with an invention to make tomorrow's world a better place. 

The response was phenomenal, with nearly 1,200 exceptionally creative inventions from across the UK submitted. After careful deliberation, the organisers have selected the ten finalists.

The finalists will now present their inventions to the Young Imagineers expert panel on Saturday 24th November at the Science Museum in London. The winning idea will be brought to life and put on display outside Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum.

This year, children showed strong interest in inventions that would improve the daily lives and overall wellbeing of society and the environment. 21% of ideas suggested creative ways to solve problems associated with disabilities such as blindness or deafness. Additionally, 17% of children showed passion for protecting the environment, including reducing pollution, cleaning the oceans or improving recycling.

The key areas of interest in this year’s Young Imagineers entries were:

  • Improving the lives of people with disabilities - 21%
  • Environmental protection - 17%
  • Health and nutrition - 13%
  • Transportation - 9%
  • Household chores - 9%
  • Animal care – 5%
  • Literacy – 3%
  • Security – 2%
  • Homelessness – 2%
  • Other areas: 19%

These areas of concern were also reflected in a recent survey commissioned by Equinor, which found that having ‘healing powers’ was children’s most desirable superpower (38%), in order to make the world a better place.

The winner of the 2018 Young Imagineers award will be chosen by an expert panel of Jill Tully, Lopa Patel, Steph McGovern, Dallas Campbell and Barry Fitzgerald.

Equinor would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated. We received a huge number of amazing entries but were bound to choose only ten finalists.

Congratulations to our top ten!

The Young Imagineers finalists:

Vacdroid – Ronak, 7

Ronak wants to make the world a better place by extracting and recycling metal that ends up in refuse sites! His Vacdroid would find useful resources and fly them over for recycling, bringing dumped materials back to life.

Pollution Pigeon – Millie, 10

Millie is worried about increasing air pollution in cities and has designed a robotic pigeon which would extract pollutants from the air, while being friendly to other birds.

Predadrone – Christiana, 10

The Predadrone warns endangered animals of trophy hunters who seek them for their furs or ivory, for example.

The Move'O Meter – Ian, 10

Wouldn’t it be great if new trainers would not only look good, but could also motivate everyone to exercise and generate energy? Ian’s invention does just that and inspires people to be more active in a fun, stylish, and sustainable way! 

Autism Teddy – Tatum, 9

Tatum has created an aid for children with autism, helping them communicate and understand human relations.

Unmuted – Busra, 10

Busra would love to help mute people by creating a bracelet and a ring that would give them a voice.

Plastic Shark 3000 – Thomas, 8

Dispersed plastic across all oceans could by captured by Thomas’ Plastic Shark 3000, which captures and dissolves plastic in its stomach.

Electroad – Ethan, 9

Ethan has thought of a way to reuse old tires as speed bumps that would also generate energy for street lights and surrounding communities. Could this be the next big invention converting kinetic energy into electricity?

Fitstick – Aheli, 10

Aheli has created a walking stick that motivates elderly people to exercise. The invention not only has a pedometer, but also a GPS tracker and a phone, so people using Fitstick won’t have to carry one themselves.

Imagenscope – Laura, 8

Laura’s Imagenscope is a telescope that allows you to clearly see any ideas or thoughts your mind creates.

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