Competitions

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We hold a range of competitions for students throughout the year, including our flagship annual TEXPO where students from local schools showcase their work and compete for prizes, and other projects and online activities. Find out more and enter here.

Call for entries: TEXPO 2022

Call for entries: TEXPO 2022 and Big Bang

Annual Schools' TEXPO: Fri 17 June 2021, Anglia Ruskin University

CSES welcomes entries to the 2022 TEXPO: Schools’ Technology Exhibition.

Open to Y5-13 | All STE(A)M projects welcome | Show your work to scientists and engineers | Cash prizes to be won

Are you in a STEM club at primary or secondary school? Have you made something fantastic in technology or science lessons or for your coursework? Have you created some great software? Have you been doing interesting technical projects at home?

Are you a teacher with pupils or students who have high-quality engineering projects to offer, or a STEM initiative/club that you'd like to showcase? Or are you a parent, guardian or tutor whose child has been working on an exciting project?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then exhibit at the annual CSES TEXPO. There is prize money to be won!

Please click here for full details.

The deadline for entries will be Friday 10 June 2022, although please don't wait for your project to be finished before entering. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please click here to enter your project(s).

If you have any questions, please contact us. We are happy to come into school and discuss or present if this would help.

We would also strongly encourage you to enter the national Big Bang Competition, which is virtual this year. Entries for the Big Bang are open until 20 March – read on for further details.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

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Save the date: Schools' TEXPO 2022

Schools' TEXPO: Fri 17 June 2022, Anglia Ruskin University

We are pleased to announce the return of our refreshed annual schools' competition: the CSES Schools' Technology Exhibition (TEXPO).

The dates will be as follows:

  • The TEXPO will take place on Friday 17 June 2022
  • The awards evening will take place on an evening of 5-7 July (TBC).

Find out more about the competition, and how to enter, here.

We will announce when the TEXPO is open for entries in the coming weeks, and look forward to seeing you in June!

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Centenary Photo Competition winners announced

Photographic Competition 2021 winners announced

Images on the theme of Fresh Air, Fresh Thinking

We were absolutely delighted to receive such incredibly high-quality – and clever! – entries to our second Photographic Competition, this year on the theme of Fresh Air, Fresh Thinking to accompany our Affiliate Schools Project. As you will see below, these convey some very powerful messages, and should give us all pause for thought.

You can see all of the photographs at our web gallery here.

Congratulations to our winners, whose entries are shown below. They have received Amazon vouchers to the value of £60 (first prize), £30 (second prize) and £20 (third prize). We look forward to running another competition this year.

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Centenary Photographic Competition 2022

Centenary Photographic Competition 2022: Controlling the Climate Crisis

Our second annual photographic competition in 2021 received a wealth of entries, with a wide range of interpretations of around the theme of Fresh Air Fresh Thinking, and we were particularly impressed with the large number submitted by primary school students.

We are pleased to again invite entries for 2022. Exploring the key link between the creative arts and STEM, the competition is, as usual, to encourage primary and secondary school students to use their imagination and creative skills. On this basis, it is open to anyone in full time or part time education in Essex. However, this year we will also have an adult category open to any Essex resident or worker.

Climate change and global warming should be on everybody's agenda. From simple things like walking to school/work and planting trees to technological solutions like green power and carbon capture, we can begin to reduce greenhouse gases and our carbon footprint. Changes in lifestyles, technology, food, farming etc all provide a wealth of inspiration as to how we can help ensure a better world for future generations, so continuing last year’s environmental theme, this year's competition is:

Controlling the Climate Crisis

We want you to take photographs that express what you think are the ways in which we are starting to mitigate against the climate crisis. Each photograph should be accompanied with a short explanation (not more than 50 words) of the story or thoughts behind it.

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Centenary Photographic Competition 2021

Photographic Competition 2021 Deadline Extended

We are pleased to advise that our Centenary Photographic Competition 2021 is open for another four weeks, to allow as many people to participate as possible following the summer holidays and busy start of term.

The deadline for entry has now been extended to Friday 15 October 2021.

The competition, with this year's theme of Fresh Air, Fresh Thinking is open to anyone in full time or part time education in Essex and explores the key link between the creative arts and STEM.

We want you to take photographs that express what air pollution means to you, or how it impacts our health or our environment, and the negative or positive roles that technology can play.

Read full details here and submit your entry here (please make sure to read the FAQs, terms and conditions first!)

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