The nation’s school children are an army of inventors, research says that nine in ten secondary school children class themselves as inventors, coming up with around three ideas every day.
To help nurture these budding inventors, and to show them that innovation is firmly rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths we run the Formula 100 competition which is now in its second year.
Aimed at 11-16 year olds, Formula 100 is a nationwide search to find the UK's most innovative and creative young minds.
The competition aims to show young people that science is fun, relevant and not just for the ultra-bright. With this in mind all we ask them to do is tell us in a 30-60 second video
With students claiming Maths and Physics lessons are boring and that they have no relevance to the real world, the competition gives teachers the chance to liven up the school day by helping students turn their dream inventions into reality.
To help educators engage students with STEM subjects and STEM careers through the Formula 100 competition we have created curriculum-linked lesson resources focussing on invention and innovation.
The first Formula 100 competition closed in February 2015 and this year’s winners are:
Radiator which uses the cast-off heat from a fridge
A brand new iPad Air from BT and a trip to the BT Tower and innovation.
An umbrella rucksack: all in one, leaves both hands free!
A confectionery factory tour and chocolate making experience from Nestlé
Plane safety mechanism, which maximizes passenger safety in case of an emergency
A tour of the Typhoon aircraft assembly line, chance to meet BAE Systems’ test pilots, and fly the Typhoon simulator.
Hand-held air purifier, including micro-bacteria and a carbon filter
A diamond pendant from Rio Tinto
Hypoglycemic accessories for diabetics
Trip to Antwerp to experience the Rio Tinto diamond- sorting process.
Invention: Hairbrush that straightens your hair
Invention: Bluetooth bracelet
Invention: Mood pen
Invention: Portable hotspot pen
Invention: Treadmill wifi creator
Trip to the Ford Technical Centre, Dunton.