Give Yourself the Edge is an essay competition giving school students aged 11-18 the opportunity to showcase their innovative thinking and passion for engineering. The competition provides students with more experience to reference when they are applying for University, College, Apprenticeships or jobs and gets them thinking about engineering as a future career option. It is open to all students aged 11-18, and every applicant receives a certificate of recognition for their entry which they can use as evidence of their participation.
The theme of the competition in 2017 was "Engineering a Better World" in line with the WES poster and accompanying hand-out, with the task being to complete an essay on that topic with a maximum word count of 1000 words. We received just over 80 entries of an incredibly high standard so thank you to all those who entered for taking the time and making the effort to write an essay and submit it to us.
The essays were narrowed down to a top 3 for each category (11 to 14 and 15 to 18) by the WES Young Members Board and we had a great time reading about all the ways we can Engineer a Better World from hopefully some of the engineers and scientists of the future.
We were lucky to have the final stage of the competition judged by Jane Priston, the winner of the 2016 Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, Jane said of the essays:
“I’d like to say a very big well done to all those who took the time to enter this competition. It is a very big subject for young minds and everyone’s voice and opinion is needed and valued.”