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2020 Competition

Theme of 2020

"Help us solve the global plastic problem!"

We know that the world has a plastic problem. Our oceans and lands have become polluted with our carelessly discarded plastic waste that will take 1000s of years to decompose on land, whilst the plastic in the oceans break up into toxin-laden tiny particles. Our plastic waste is now causing chemical pollution in the oceans.

What can we do?

We can use our technology to clean up the plastic waste before it turns into the environmentally disastrous chemical pollution that threatens both marine and land-based life. The competition theme in 2020 reflects two major concepts: Technological innovation and the clearing of plastic waste: “The Plastic Problem”.

Competition Requirements

BIEA requires that all students must be in teams of between 3 and 5 individuals. Each school must be registered by a responsible adult (e.g. teacher). Schools may enter more than one team per age category: 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old and 18-21 years old.

Competition Overview

Regional Heats:

Report writing: Competitors will use the Internet and other secondary sources to research, design and write a report on the 'Save our shores through STEM' project, helping clean up plastic from remote mud banks and waterlines through innovative and creative specifications. Teams must submit their reports via email by 31st March 2020.

International Competition - Teams qualifying for the finals will be announced on 22nd April 2020, marking the start of the International Competition rounds.

Innovation and design: Using a budget from BIEA, competitors will modify and innovate a final proof of concept based on their design outlined in the report. Teams are required to video their innovation according to requirements provided by BIEA.
Oral presentation: Competitors will video a presentation about the progress of their project.

The finalist teams must submit the two videos according to the instructions provided by BIEA by 3rd June 2020.

Live International Finals:

Mission execution: Competitors will tackle an exciting obstacle course related to their project.
Evaluation: Competitors will deliver an evaluation about their project successes and challenges. They will also need to answer the questions raised by the judges.
Work display: Competitors will display their project to judges and peers.

Important Dates

Now to 15th Jan 2020 - Pre-Registration opens

15th Jan 2020 - BIEA STEM Conference (Announcing the topic of the 2020 competition)

31st March 2020 - Report submission deadline (Finalist teams will be announced on 22nd April 2020)

3rd June 2020 - Innovation and design and oral presentation videos submission deadline (For finalist teams only)

Awards & Honours

The team with the highest overall score will receive the £5,000 grand-prize. Each age category winner and runners up will receive a medal, certificate and trophy. See below for details of all the categories:

  • BIEA Grand prize (£5,000 for the winning team)

For each age group*:

  • Champion
  • First Runner-up
  • Second Runner-up
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Best Report Award
  • Best Oral Presentation Award
  • Best Pilot Award
  • Best Creativity Award
  • Best Instructor Award
  • Best Display (Peers) Award
  • Best Display Award
  • Best Effort Award
  • Best Participation Award

*Award categories may subject to change

Special awards:

  • UK CREST Silver award

The CREST Awards is accredited by the British Science Association, which aims to help students to undertake projects in STEM related areas. Students' achievements in the BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition can be recognised with awards at silver level.
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