About Yeb

The Annual Celebration of Engineering 2006

Incorporating YEB and YEDA

Closing Date:

31 May 2006

Tanya Budd

Young Engineer for Britain 2005

with TV Presenter Richard Hammond.

Tanya with her Project Hypo Hoist – a man overboard recovery system for a yacht, that recovers a casualty, conscious or unconscious out of the water and back onto the safet of the yacht, without changin their position.

“Have you got what it takes to be the next Gates, Brunel or Dyson?”

Kate Bellingham, President, Young Engineers

Then make a name for yourself and shape the future by entering your idea, project or invention and win valuable prizes.

Make a name for yourself and share in prizes totalling over £50,000!

The challenge and the opportunity

The challenge
Young Engineers challenges you to use your imagination to create, design and develop an original idea for a commercially viable device or system that meets a useful everyday need you have identified, it could be for a sporting activity, hobby or task at work or in the home, or for people with special needs – it could even be just a really great invention!

The opportunity

Taking part in this presitgious competition provides an opportunity to learn more about all aspects of engineering, as well as giving you essential practical, technical and marketing experience, while having a lot of fun putting your idea into practice. This will put you in good stead for a future career within this exciting industry.

The competition also gives you the opportunity to win big cash prizes and fantastic trips abroad at the awards celebration dinner held each year at an esteemed venue.


Who can enter?
You can enter this annual competition if you are aged 11 to 18 years old and at school or college. You can enter as an individual or as part of a team (maximum 4 members).

This competition is made for YOU! If you have an interest in any branch of engineering, civil, structural, mechanical, electronic etc or in design, technology, CADCAM or ICT then enter now. You can even enter your GCSE or A-level or equivalent project.

Class A Year Groups 7, 8, 9 or P6, P7, S1 & S2 or equivalent

Class B Year Groups 10 & 11 or S3 and S4 or equivalent

Class C Year Groups 12 & 13 or S5 & S6 or equivalent

Here’s how to get started

Identify an everyday task or social need
Dream up a creative solution to address your bright idea.
Complete the online entry form.
Carry out market research.
Design and develop your project and consumer test your idea for user reaction.
Create a design portfolio and photograph your project either complete or nearing completion, you may use your GCSE or A-level course work (a copy is fine).
Entrants will be invited to present their projects and the accompanying portfolio at a regional final.
Consider protecting your project or idea with intellectual property rights and patenting.
Conditions of entry

Projects can be based on any branch of engineering or technology, but must have an identified purpose in some aspect of everyday life.
Projects must have been developed since September 2004and be capable of being demonstrated at regional judging in June/July 2006.
Entries may only be submitted once.
Individuals or teams of up to four can enter. In the latter case, the age of the most senior member will determine the age category in the competition.
Schools may enter more than one project. Students may enter a maximum of two projects.
Entries can only be accepted from residents of the United Kingdom and must be submitted before the closing date of 31 May 2006.
Failure to attend chosen regional judging event will result in disqualification.
The decision of the judges is final and binding.
No responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage to projects, howsoever caused.
Persons connected with the organisation of the contest and their families are excluded from entry.
The organisers reserve the right to publicise entries at their discretion, but will make full acknowledgement to the entrant and their school or college. Similarly it is expected that contestants, who are approached by the media, will make full acknowledgement to Young Engineers as organisers of the event. Young Engineers reserves the right to use any quotes, photos or statements of the students or accompanying adults participating in the competition in their publicity materials or press releases etc.
Contestants should seek advice to protect their copyright and intellectual property rights, Young Engineers can take no responsibility for infringements once projects have entered the public domain at judging events.
The organisers reserve the right to change the date of events and the prizes, but will notify contestants accordingly in good time should this be necessary.

Regional Finals

category winners £200; runners-up £100
overall regional winner £200 exclusive trophy and invite to the national final
selected other projects with specialised merits e.g. electronics, civil, craftsmanship, ICT etc will be invited to the national final from the regional finals
National final

A, B, C category winners – £1,000 & trophy
A, B, & C category runners-up – £500
Specialist Awards, selected from all categories – £1,000
Duke of York’s Award for Electronics – £1,000 & trophy
Young Engineer for Britain – overall winner – £2,500, invite to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in America, unique trophy
NB – all prize money won in all categories is divided equally between the school and students.


Submit entry forms by 31 May 2006 (later entries at the discretion of Young Engineers)
Regional finals will be held between June and July 2006
National final will be held in London in September 2006
Further details on the regional final are available by clicking here.

Register your project for the Annual Celebration of Engineering Young Engineer for Britain competition by clicking here for the online entry form!

Further information

What to enter?
Projects must have been started between September 2004 and May 2006 and must not have entered the competition before. Projects forming part of an examination syllabus such as GCSE or A-level are eligible and may be based on any aspect of engineering, electronics or technology. Projects that use new technology such as CADCAM are eligible. Entrants are encouraged to ask local companies or their Science Engineering Ambassadors to help with the development of their ideas.

Managing the project

It is suggested that entrants identify key objectives and write a plan to control progress of the project. The written report and the hardware should be ready for judging approximately one week before attending the regional showcase. Use the best sketches and drawings available to illustrate the project or desgin idea and keep a diary of the project’s development. If possible work out the costs involved and carry out market research to assess the commercial viability.

Protecting the idea

A marketable invention could be eligible for a patent. To qualify, an invention must be new, involve an inventive step and be capable of industrial application. Research intellectual property rights before showing the project to the general public. The Patent Office has produced a special free resource to help schools and students learn about the power of trade marks, copyright, registered designs and patents. The resource called “Think Kit” can be ordered from the Patent Office.


Alternatively there is a great resource available on the NESTA website called the Inventors’ Handbook. It has an entire section on protecting your idea, just click the following link and you will be taken to the relevant section. NESTA Inventors Handbook – Protecting Your Idea.

Regional finals
All entrants will participate at one of 11 regional finals held during June and July 2006. Each class category will award cash prizes. Young Engineers will assist with travel expenses. Each school/project will be invited to their local government regional final. If a school or project is unable to attend at their own regional event due to date clashes etc then the project may be able to be exhibited at an alternative regional final.

Only the regional final overall winner will have automatic entry to the national final. Young Engineers will also consider inviting from each regional final additional projects of merit to the national final.

Students will be asked to display their projects and should ensure their display includes written material, photographs, diagrams, any development evaluations or modifications and any sources of assistance. Content and presentation are important and the judges will use your display to help them in their evaluation of your project.

National final
The National Final will take place in London during September 2006 at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The overall winner of each regional final is guaranteed a place and a selection of high scoring projects will also be invited.

National final prizes
Each class category winning project for Class A, B or C will recieve a £1,000 first prize. The runners-up will receive a cash prize of £500. There are also a number of Special Awards each worth £1,000 such as, Best Project for the Built Environment, Award for Craftsmanship, Best Electrical or Electronic Engineering Project etc.

The overall winner will be selected from Class A, B or C, and will be crowned Young Engineer for Britain 2005, the winner will receive a trophy, an exciting international trip to an engineering establishment or similar such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in America and a cash prize of £2,500.

In addition the best Electronic based project will win the prestigious Duke of York’s Award for Electronics. The winner of this fantastic award will receive £1,000 and the Duke of York’s Rosebowl Trophy.


Young Engineers reserves the right to alter or amend any of the prizes or dates relating to this competition.