CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition 2015

Whether you are taking part, a member of the Society, or want to see what technology work the local schools have been getting up to, please come along to our Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition on Friday 26 June at Anglia Ruskin University.

Entering the competition

You can now enter the competition online. Please read the guidance notes first and follow the link from there.

When you attend on 26 June, you will present your work at a display stand (for which you will need to prepare in advance) and will be assessed by a team of experienced and knowledgeable judges. Please make sure you bring the actual project, if you can, plus any supporting material and documentation. Please mark on the entry form if you will require mains power or a display board (see below) to exhibit your project.

We can provide a standard folding desktop display stand to which you may attach your display material. This will be available when you arrive on the day. The dimensions of the stand are as follows:

[Our thanks to the Engineering Development Trust for these drawings]

Venue and access

The competition will take place at the Anglia Ruskin University Rivermead Campus in Chelmsford, in the Marconi Building which is towards the rear of the site if approached from New Street/Rectory Lane.

Please note that limited parking will be available on the day: details of this will be advised individually to entrants nearer the time. It will not be possible to park right outside the building so please ensure you bring appropriate means to transport your project if it is large or heavy.

Alternatively, do consider using the Chelmer Valley Park and Ride, which will put you right outside the door!

Timings (confirmed)

The competition will begin at 10.00, and you may arrive and begin setting up from 09.00.

We expect to be finished by 15.00, but please allow a short time for clearing your stand afterwards.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

09.00 – Arrival and registration opens

  • Enter the Marconi Building via entrance 9 on the campus map
  • The team will welcome you in the foyer where refreshments will be available
  • You will be issued with a lunch voucher to spend in the cafeteria
  • You will be shown where to set up in the ground floor seminar rooms

10.00 – The competition begins (Judging session 1)

  • You must be ready to start by this time!
  • You will be interviewed by one or more pairs of judges
  • A notification board will tell you when the judges are on their way
  • Please do explore other stands but make sure you are there for the judges
  • You will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite entry so do look around

12.00 – Lunch

  • Lunch is served in the Michael Ashcroft Building cafeteria
  • Make your way to entrance 1 on the campus map (we will guide you)
  • Please do not lose your lunch voucher!

13.00 – Judging session 2

  • Please ensure you have returned to the Marconi Building by this time
  • You will be seen by the second pair of judges if they have not already visited
  • A third visit to your stand may be necessary so please do not leave!

14.30 – Presentations and closing address

  • All assemble in the Marconi Building lecture theatre
  • We will present the winner of the Students’ Choice Award (from your votes)
  • Winners of other awards will be advised prior to the Awards Evening (see below)
  • There will be some short closing remarks from the organising team

15.00 – Close

  • We ask that you clear away your stand and depart by 15.30


We will provide lunch, and light refreshments upon arrival, for all entrants and their teachers.

Awards and prizes

The following awards are up for competition:

  • CSES Engineering Project of the Year Award
  • CSES Concept Design Award (Years 7-9, Years 10-11, Years 12-13)
  • CSES Technical Design Award (Years 7-9, Years 10-11, Years 12-13)
  • CSES Design Execution Award (Years 7-9, Years 10-11, Years 12-13)
  • CSES STEM Club Award
  • Anglia Ruskin University Award
  • Lucy Pettet Innovation Award, sponsored by Selex ES
  • The CSES Students’ Choice Award

You don’t need to enter into a specific award though; simply enter your project and we will work out the rest!

Click here for more details on these, and for a full set of the competition rules.

Awards ceremony – Thursday 16 July 2015

If you win any of the above awards (including the Students’ Choice Award) you will be invited to attend our prestigious Awards Evening on Thursday 16 July at 19.00. This too will take place at Anglia Ruskin University, in the Michael Ashcroft Building.

Details will be advised to invitees nearer the time, but general information is available.

Other important notes

Please note the following:

  • All entrants are assumed to have, where necessary, the permission of their school, college or employer. Teachers are required to sign off each project entry.
  • Unless indicated in writing otherwise, all entrants provide permission for images of themselves and their work, taken at the competition and award ceremony events, to be published. Please note that these are public events which may be attended by the press.
  • A responsible adult must accompany all students; Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society cannot take responsibility for participants.
  • Entries must be substantially the students’ own work: all entrants must have contributed significantly to the project(s) that they represent and may not have received inappropriate levels of assistance from a teacher or mentor etc.
  • Students should wear school uniform to the competition and awards ceremony.

In the meantime, we look forward to receiving your entry and wish you the very best of luck!

If you have any questions, please contact us.

26 June 2015, 10:00 through 15:00
Anglia Ruskin University (Marconi Building)
Marconi Building
Bishop Hall Lane
United Kingdom
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