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IET launches competition for young sustainable minds

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has partnered with Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) to launch a sustainability-focused competition for young people across the UK.

In celebration of the IET’s 150th anniversary this year, the new ‘My Sustainable Community’ aims to help young people discover how engineering and technology can be key in providing solutions to some of the planet’s biggest challenges, all while having fun.

For the competition, the task is for young people, between the ages of 7-14, to take on the role of an engineer and design a sustainable neighbourhood of 150 homes using their local area as inspiration.

The challenge outlines: “You need your community to be sustainable; that means considering the environment and everything that lives in it. From providing shelter and water to heating, food sources and your economy, the challenge is yours.”

Launching the competition, IET president Danielle George said: “Our communities have evolved over thousands of years, but never has sustainability been so important. This competition encourages young people to think about how an entire community could tackle the problems we are facing, like climate change and resources running out. It also lets young people explore the world of STEM as well as improving their skills, such as problem-solving.”

George added that the IET wants young people to imagine an open piece of land with nothing on it, a blank canvas, and design and build a sustainable community: “Considering the environment and everything that lives in it is going to be essential and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

My Sustainable Community’ is open to all UK entrants, including in Northern Ireland. Whilst EESW usually only delivers activities in Wales because of funding via the Welsh Government, it said it has developed this competition in conjunction with the IET to help celebrate the 150th anniversary.

The IET said the projects can be done either at home or in schools and clubs, with both individual and team entries equally welcome. The closing date for entries is Friday 28 January 2022.


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