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Awards raise the profile of engineering

Awards raise the profile of engineering
Time is running out to get your entries in to the Independent-Bosch Technology Horizons Award. Now in its fourth successful year, the competition is open to youngsters aged 14 to 24, with cash prizes on offer to the best answer to the question: "How can technology and engineering provide innovative solutions to today's global challenges?" But entries for the 2009 competition must be in 20 March.

Run by Bosch, the Independent newspaper and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Technology Horizons Award aims to raise the profile of engineering with young people. Bosch's Helen Watkins comments: "The competition is a tool to get engineering into the classroom. Young people are starting to realise that their opinions count, and that engineering is one way to influence the world around them - that technology impacts on people's lives."

The competition is being promoted in educational establishments around the country. Entries through the first three years of the competition increased, and the organisers are hoping for a further boost in the numbers of entries this year. If you are aged between 14 and 24, or if you know of a young person with an interest in engineering, then the competition is an excellent opportunity to put forward a view on how to address today's global challenges, and perhaps influence thinking at the very highest levels. Oh, and the prizes aren't bad either. The competition has two age categories; 14-18 year-olds and 19-24 year olds. The winner of the 14-18 year category will receive £700, the second place finalist will receive £350, and five runners-up will receive £150 each. In the 19-24 year category, the winner will receive £1,000, the second place finalist will receive £500, and five runners-up will receive £250 each. The winning essays will also be published in the Independent.

All winning entrants will be invited to attend a prestigious award ceremony in London in July where they can meet VIPs from the world of science and technology. Among the judges for 2009 is Johnny Ball, the TV presenter well-known for science and technology programmes like Think of a Number and Think Again.

The winner of the £1000 top prize in 2008 was Carmel Digweed, a Journalism student from Sheffield University. She said: "This competition has proved to be brilliant for me as I got my work published in a national newspaper, something that will stand out on my CV when it comes to applying for jobs. I think more companies should follow Bosch's example and give young people the chance to have their say about technology and innovation in the future."

Robert Meier, MD for Bosch in the UK, comments: "Bosch is a company that depends on the innovation and skill of our engineers to ensure that we remain at the forefront of automotive, consumer and industrial technologies. For us, this competition allows us the opportunity to engage with young people, open their eyes to the role of technology and engineering in our world today, and also encourage the engineers of the future."

Full terms and conditions, and advice on how to structure a winning essay, along with a film about the competition can be found at www.independent.co.uk/student/competitions/article941025.html
 

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