Schools Science Competition

Details of the Schools Science & Innovation Competition 2020 are now available here!

Schools Science Competition

About the Competition

The Schools Science & Innovation Competition, which is run by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College, is open to teams of pupils of secondary school age. 

The purpose of the competition is to motivate school pupils to engage with science, to encourage them to work together as part of a team and to engage them in a fun activity that is motivated by their curiosity and drive.

The competition first ran in 2014/15, with the aim being for teams to put together a case for “The most significant scientific discovery or achievement of the last century”.

In 2015/16 and 2016/17 the aim was for teams to identify an everyday problem that directly impacts society. They were then asked to come up with a scientific solution to tackle this problem and present this in the form of a short film.

In 2018, the competition aims were aligned to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable DevelopmentTeams were asked to select a specific goal and to come up with a new and innovative scientific solution in response to this. 


How it works

The competition opens in late-September- at which stage full information will be made available on this website. Teams must be pre-registered by the beginning of December and must then submit their formal entry to the competition by mid-January.  Entries are shortlisted and successful teams notified at the beginning of February. The final event takes place in March, before the Easter holiday. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the competition, or wish to be added to our contacts list, please email Rebecca Middleton, Faculty Education Manager at: