What is the Young Imagineers competition?

Equinor and the Science Museum have teamed up for a third year to host the nationwide competition for children aged 7-14, called Young Imagineers. The competition has been devised to inspire and engage more young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). 

The competition asks young people simply: “What one invention would you create to make tomorrow’s world a better place?”

How do I enter the Young Imagineers competition?

To enter the competition, you need to download the entry form provided on the Young Imagineers website; www.youngimagineers.equinor.com and submit your idea through the website.

Do I need a parent’s permission to enter the competition?

Yes, you will need to obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the competition.

Do I have to be of a certain age to enter?

Yes, you must be 7-14 years old to enter the Young Imagineers competition.

When can I enter?

You will be able submit your entry to the competition using the online portal provided between 09:00 on the 3rd September 2019 to 23:59 GMT on Sunday 27th October 2019.

Do I have to pay to enter the competition?

No, the Young Imagineers competition is free to enter.

Can I enter if I live overseas?

The competition is open to UK, Isle of Man and Channel Island residents only.

What do I have to do to enter?

To enter, simply download the entry form provided at www.youngimagineers.equinor.com, complete it by drawing a sketch of your invention and accompany it with up to 100 words explaining what the invention is.

How do I submit my entry?

After completing your form please scan or photograph the entry form and submit a digital copy using the online portal at www.youngimagineers.equinor.com by Sunday 27th October 2019 no later than 23:59. 

What will my design be judged on?

Your design will be judged on imagination and creativity.

What happens if I get shortlisted?

If you are one of ten entrants shortlisted, you will be invited to share your idea in person with our panel at the Science Museum in central London on Saturday 30 November 2019.

What will happen at the Young Imagineers day in November?

The Young Imagineers event on Saturday 30 November will be a day packed full of live science entertainment, at which shortlisted attendees will be asked to spend a few minutes sharing your idea with both our judges and a live audience seated in the Science Museum’s Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre.

How will I know if I’ve been shortlisted?

All shortlisted entrants will be notified week commencing 28 October 2019 either by telephone or email.  Shortlisting to ten entries will be conducted by the Science Museum and Equinor - all decisions are final. If you are shortlisted, you will need to confirm you are happy to have been shortlisted by Wednesday 6 November at 17:00 (GMT). The shortlisted entrants will be publicly announced in the week commencing 4 November 2019.

What happens after I have been shortlisted?

Each shortlisted entrant will be offered a Skype session with a professional designer lasting no more than 30 minutes; the designer will take any further detail of the entrant’s idea provided and then deliver a designed interpretation of that idea in time for the Young Imagineers live day on Saturday 30 November 2019.

If I am shortlisted, how will I get to London and where will I stay?

A member of the Young Imagineers team will contact you to ensure all of your travel (and accommodation if applicable) arrangements are made in advance of the final.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced at the Young Imagineers Live event on Saturday 30 November 2019, at the Science Museum in central London.

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