Prizes up for grabs in BCIA schools competition


07 July 2020

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has launched a summer competition that encourages young people to come up with an idea that could help reduce the energy consumption of their schools.

The Schoolz Out competition challenges students to design an energy-saving product or initiative for their school which uses an element of control to save energy. 

Rather than extra homework, the BCIA says the competition is a bit of fun for the school holidays. The innovation could be hand drawn or designed on a computer and can be supported by up to 300 words explaining the idea.

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “Today’s students are perhaps more aware of environmental matters than anybody as it is their future that is most at stake right now. The next generation of engineers will be the key drivers in developing the innovative technologies to help create a sustainable future and the Schoolz Out competition encourages people to take the initiative as early as possible in shaping the world they will inherit.”

The competition is open to two age categories; age 10 and under, and age 11-16, with a prize to be awarded to the winner in each category. Entries, using the form on the BCIA website, should be submitted before the deadline of Monday, August 31.

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Every entry will be put in front of the BCIA’s judging panel who will look for the best invention and the best use of controls to save energy. The winner will be the design which the panel believes shows the greatest use of innovation and invention to control the amount of energy being used in a school and, more importantly, the entry which will save the most energy for their school.

The winning entries will be revealed on September 17.

Full details and an entry form are available from the BCIA website