School Competition: Science and the UN’s Sustainability Goals

How can science and technology be used to improve how we use our planet’s resources and, hence, help achieve the UN’s sustainability goals? We want you to tell us your ideas and we’re going to publish the best one on this web site. You will also get a cash prize (sum TBA) for your school.

Science and technology are key here. How can we use Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Psychology, Geography, Engineering, Computer-Science and so on to make people’s lives better or to reduce humanity’s impact on the Earth? Your idea may be something small and simple but potentially life-changing or it could be some grand scheme requiring decades of work and trillions of pounds. It’s up to you.

We’d like you or your school group to design a web-page, illustrating your ideas, and we do mean “design” not “build”! We’ll build it for you, if you win. We’re just looking for a “mock-up” — a document that shows us what your page would look like. So, you don’t need any web-building skills, just some really good science ideas and some really good design ideas. Think of it as an on-line poster but a poster that could, if you wish, have links to external web pages.

A prize of £250 has been generously provided by Callia Web who will also help with the judging. Callia Web are a web designer and developer duo based in Wiltshire. Callia Web love how WordPress (a popular content management system) empowers anyone to have a voice on the web. This is why their name means “beautiful voice”. Their mission is to build accessible, sustainable, effective and easy-to-use websites that enable you to have your own voice online. They work with small businesses, bloggers and charities to get the most from their websites. Find out more on their website

Callia Web’s top tips when designing your website:

  • Messages – what key messages do you want to convey, and how can your language be used to inspire others to take action?
  • Storytelling – a story can be a powerful way to get your message across to your audience
  • Call-to-Actions – what do you want your audience to do after they’ve read your information? 
  • Colours – can you use colours, images and/or video to provoke emotion, add to a story, and/or strengthen your message(s)?

We’d like you to submit your design (as a single-page PDF file) into the form below. Submission can be made at any time from now until July 1st 2021 and we will announce the winners on July 23rd 2021.

The competition is open to individuals and groups in years 12 and 13.