CSES – Schools’ Engineering and Technology Competition

Could your STEM project or school coursework win you a prize?

CSES invites Essex students in years 7 to 13 to exhibit their STEM projects in this annual competition.


Are you in a STEM club at 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 CSES Schools’ Competition. It is at the end of each academic year, and there is prize money to be won!

Visit the CSES website to find out how to enter the competition and for full details and rules.

This year’s competition and exhibition is being held on June 26th at Anglia Ruskin University. Visit the event page.


Why should I enter the competition?

The competition doesn’t just serve as a means for winning prizes; you will gain a lot more from it than that. Some of the benefits are listed below:

Judged by members of industry
Members of local companies form a large part of our judging panel. Not only do they provide current professional opinions to help score your project, they are happy to tell you about their careers and answer any questions you might have.

Build your interview and public speaking skills
You will be verbally presenting your project to the judges, and answering their questions. This is a great way to help boost those interview skills!

Develop your presentation skills
As well as presenting verbally, you are encouraged to showcase your project graphically; an ideal opportunity to refine your design skills and ability to put together presentations.

Chance to meet VIPs such as MPs and leaders of the City and County Councils
Local dignitaries love seeing your projects: expect to see several throughout the day and, if they take an interest in your project, to answer their questions too!

Great for CV or University Applications
Entry alone is a great way to show commitment to STEM outside of school, and provides that little something to set you apart from the rest. Even better if you win an award!

See what your peers in other schools have produced
Throughout the day there are opportunities to visit other students’ stands and see what their projects are. In fact we are relying on you to do so, as we need you to pick the Students’ Choice Award winner.

Win awards
What more do we have to say than we provide substantial awards for winners, and these are for you, not for your school! (Except the STEM Club Award).

To find out more, take a look at the competition quick guide.


If you have any questions contact Adam Wood and Amy Knight from Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society:  competition@chelmsfordses.org.uk

CSES - Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society