100 Raspberry Pi computers to be won for Greenpower teams!

Time to get those creative juices flowing as Greenpower have teamed up with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring an exciting new computer programming and coding element to the Greenpower Challenge.

The competition is open to any active or new teams competing in IET Formula Goblins, 24 and 24+ .

To win one of 100 Rasperry Pi computers all you have to do is tell us (in less than 300 words) how you would use the Raspberry Pi within your Greenpower team.

Goblin teams - this will be a perfect project for the Portfolio Award, F24/24+ let's see some award winning innovation!

Applications will be judged on their own merit as they come in so there isn't a closing date (until they run out that is)! This does mean however that you will need to get your entry in soon so as not to miss out!"

Please send entries to

Learn about what people have been doing with Raspberry Pi here:

Closing date 23rd September - I'm a Scientist - Get me Out of Here!

New events for I'm a Scientist, Get me Out of Here have been announced. This is an online programme whereby you book a video slot with a scientist in a particular Zone and your students get to interview them. The best scientists get voted through to a final with an overall winner! Lots of fun and great feedback from schools who have taken part so far.

11th - 22nd November 2013 - Ecology Zone, Extreme Clean Zone, Genes Zone, Particle Physics Zone, Stem Cells Zone and 2 general zones. Read more about the zones here.

10th - 21st March 2014 - Including Cancer Zone, Digestion Zone, Oceans Zone, Organs Zone, Sports Zone and Synthetic Biology Zone... more TBC

16th - 27th June 2014 - Including Brain Zone, Evolution Zone, Forensic Zone, Health Zone and Plants Zone... more TBC

To register your interest in one or more of the zones visit by Monday 23rd September. Don't miss out!


Broadcom MASTERS International Competition

Broadcom are a microchip company based in the USA with offices in the South West.  They run a competition called the Broadcom MASTERS across America every year, based on project work for middle-school-aged students.  There is an international component, in which middle-school-aged students compete to represent their country.  Country winners join the USA winners in their prize - this year it is a trip to Washington DC. 

This is a fantastic opportunity students in years 7 and 8 (and indeed, years 5 and 6) to get involved in project work and possibly win the trip of a lifetime.  The competition is only just gaining momentum in the UK, so the field is wide open this year. Entry is through the National Science and Engineering Competition, with the national winner announced at The Big Bang UK in March 2014. There is also a Broadcom MASTERS app that can be downloaded for free that has useful information, videos and other data (US focussed)


National Science and Engineering Competition

The National Science + Engineering Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM).

It is open to 11-18 year olds in the UK and provides young people with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

 FREE Resources to help you develop project ideas are available here 

Competition entry

Thousands of young people enter the Competition every year, either as a team or as an individual, via two entry routes:

  • Regional: Projects showcase their work at 12 regionals heats in June/July.
  • Online: Projects enter a written or film application between July and October.

The National Finals

The best projects from across the UK are then invited to the National Finals, which are held in March each year at The Big Bang: The UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair. The projects showcase their work to over 60,000 people and compete for a range of fantastic prizes worth over £50,000, including international experience awards.

How to get involved

You can enter the competition through 2 routes:

Regional Heats - The Eastern Regional heat is being held at IWM Duxford on 10th July 2013 and more information about that can be found here

 Online Entry - online registration opens in July through to 31st October 2013.

 You can find out more about why and how to enter here and can download the NSEC Competition Guide here.


First Lego League 2013-14: Nature's Fury

Nature's Fury - Challenge - Registration opens May 2013

How can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters? In the 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge, children aged nine to 16 will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play. Brace yourself for Nature's Fury!

FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During Nature's Fury teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will also choose and solve a real­world problem in the Project. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL's signature set of Core Values.

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit can be purchased from LEGO Education.

For more information visit

CREST Awards

Students can complete either a Bronze or Silver CREST Award during this project.  For further details please visit The British Science Association.