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World Skills UK environment competition

World skills UK logoThe 2016 environmental science competition is here

Download the leaflet from: http://library.prospect.org.uk/id/2014/00404

About the competition in 2016

The Environmental Science Competition is an exciting challenge for young people interested in environmental issues such as climate change, environmental conservation and protection, and the sustainable use of natural resources and energy. The competition is designed to raise skills and awareness in the science and engineering disciplines for emerging technologies and industries that will support the growing ‘green economy’. The competition is particularly aimed at those want to transfer these skills and experience into areas of scientific and technical research which can be used to solve complex socio-economic issues for the good of the community.

Over the duration of the three day UK final, competitors will:

  • Research a major environmental issue and analyse scientific and technical information.
  • Identify potential technical, political, social and economic conflicts associated with the problem and provide mitigation measures to resolve issues between “interested parties”.
  • Recommend, through a written report and oral presentation to judges, a technically viable and environmentally acceptable solution to the specified problem. They will need to work within defined economic, political and social constraints. They may also need to take into account the impacts on existing infrastructure and potential threats to the environment and health of the human population.

There will also be practical challenges, such as building a small-scale energy scheme or solar oven from clear instructions.

This competition is organised by Prospect and is supported by industry partners British Geological Survey

Eligibility and entry information

Entrants should be working towards or have recently completed an appropriate S/NVQ level 3 qualification (such as an A-level) in environmental science, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, geology or mathematics.

 The competitors must be able to:

  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate software.
  • Carry out research, identifying authoritative sources in print and on the Internet.
  • Analyse numerical, graphical and geographical information.

Competitors will be judged on a written report and oral presentation so should be able to demonstrate excellent levels of literacy, numeracy and communication skills. They must also be able to demonstrate their scientific knowledge and comprehension by completing a practical task involving the construction and testing of a simple device (materials, tools and instructions will be provided).

Team members should be adaptable as they will need to take on multiple roles. Successful teams are likely to include a balance of skills in at least some of the following areas:

  • Geographers/Geologists/Environmental Scientists
  • Mechanical/Civil Engineers
  • Economist/Mathematician

Each school, college or training organisation can enter up to two teams. A team comprises two competitors.

Follow these steps to ENTER the WorldSKills UK Environmental Science national competition:

  • Stage one: Register teams online by 7 April 2016.

  • Stage two: Competitors who register by 7 April 2016 will be sent a link via email to participate in an online test from April to July 2016. The highest scoring competitors across the passive stage will be invited to compete in a live heat.

  • Stage three: Teams that meet the required standard will be invited to compete at the UK final at the NEC Birmingham over three days between 17 and 19 November 2016.

For more details you can visit the official website

or contact:

Paul Curtis

Prospect Environmental Science Competition Organiser

Tel: 01609 778259

Mobile: 07773 907112

Email: ianpaulcurtis@btinternet.com

Keep up-to-date on social media

Prospect will be running a social media feed for this years edition of the competition:

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Previous winners

2015 Gold medal winners: Ellesse Cheale & Sarah Allen from Mid-Kent College, pictured with competition judge and Prospect member Nigel Titchen

2014 Gold medal winners Elliot Kean & Will Harrison from North Notts College, pictured with competition judge and Prospect member Lois Maxwell

2013 Gold medal winners: Andrew Dennis & Bethanie Palmer from Coleg sir Gar, pictured with Prospect NEC member Nigel Titchen

2012 Gold Medal winners: Matthew Otubu & Emily O'Regan from Newcastle College, pictured with Prospect NEC member Nigel Titchen