WES 100 Violets Challenge

WES is looking for enthusiastic engineers who want to gain experience in public engagement to take part in the WES 100 Violets Challenge, celebrating the centenary year of the society! 


To design and make an exhibit which celebrates and showcases your area of engineering/research, and shares this with the public.

What does this mean?

  • We want you to design something – a game, model, information board, computer based or physical – that showcases an area of engineering, industry or research, that you want the public to know more about.
  • This can be as broad or narrow as you choose – from one specific project or detail to an entire industry, or anything in between.
  • The winning designs will be given up to £1500 to turn their idea into reality, specialist public engagement training and the opportunity to accompany their design to two exhibitions to put it into action, plus keep it for their own STEM use going forwards.

As a starting point…

  • WES was formed 100 years ago in 1919, and we want to celebrate the centenary through this project. 
  • The WES logo, a violet, captures the historical significance of the society alongside its modern day aims, and the hexagonal shapes can be interpreted in several ways to represent different industries, for example the shape of nuts and bolt heads, as a mathematical shape, or the structure of graphene or benzene rings in chemical engineering.
  • As a starting point, we invite you to consider how the hexagon fits in your industry, and how you can explore this within your exhibit design, and celebrate the achievements of WES across the century - however, if you feel this wouldn't fit with your idea, it is not mandatory.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be in employment/research (i.e. not an undergraduate student)
  • You must be over the age of 18.
  • Teams can be of any size, but please note we can only provide training and travel expenses for up to four team members.
  • Expenses will be covered for up to four team members for travel for the training and exhibitions (up to £50pp per event).

What do I have to do?

  • Fill in this form to apply! https://forms.gle/X2EFYhgp49vabYy8A
  • Applications close 31st August 2019 and winners will be notified shortly afterwards.
  • The training days will be held on Saturday 12th October and Saturday 18th January - please note that attendance at both of these is mandatory.
  • Winners will have ~6 months to create their exhibit from their design, and exhibitions will be held in early 2020, with the launch exhibition on Saturday 21st March.