STEM career contest launched

A new competition has been launched to encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries.

The Formula 100 competition, set up by Your Life, a three-year campaign aimed to encourage STEM careers in the UK, will invite pupils aged 11-18 to submit a 30-second video answering “what would you invent and why?”

The best entrants will then win prizes such as trips to Rio Tinto’s diamond plant in Belgium, a day at a Ford test track or a day with the BT Sports team.

The competition will work to build a group of 100 students, who will be offered the support of entrepreneurs and business figures to guide their career choices.

The competition has three age categories (11-13, 14-15 and 16-18) and runs until February 15 this year.

The winners will be announced on the Your Life Twitter and Facebook page @YourLifeTeam throughout the competition.

Students can submit their entry by emailing with their video, name, age, school and contact details.

They can promote their entries on Twitter, Vine and Instagram using the hashtag #Formula100.