YEB Mentoring Programme

Competition Details
  • Age Range:
  • Mentoring Programme: 16-18 Advisory Scheme: 14-18
  • Project Length:
  • Oct - March
  • No of Students:
  • Individuals working on a STEM based project
  • Cost:
  • Free to Enter + cost of your project build materials
  • Entry Dates:
  • Apply: 10 Jul - 07 Oct

Young Engineer for Britain (YEB) is a STEM Competition and educational enrichment programme. Since starting in 1979, over 25,000 UK students have taken part; received awards and gone on to long and successful careers. 2013 saw major expansion with the launch of the Mentoring Programme. The programme helps students use scientific values and research to develop projects of their own devising. 2016 saw a further addition to the portfolio; the Project Advisory Scheme.

The Competition

We challenge school students to use their imagination to design and develop an exciting and original idea, system or research project. Projects should be based on a genuine need. Ideas could be a solution for an everyday task, a social need, a clever innovation or a big improvement of a current idea or product. Projects must be engineering, technology, design or science based. Students enter the competition through: School of the Year, Project Advisory Scheme or the Mentoring Programme.

Young Engineer for Britain Mentoring Programme

Every June we begin our search for 20 creative UK students with a desire to succeed. Do you have what it takes to be a Young Engineer for Britain?

Are you interested in science, technology, design or engineering? Then you could be one of the students on our programme! All you need is a great STEM based idea. You can use school or exam coursework, or an idea you have developed at home.

Students are mentored by experienced scientists and engineers from the National Physical Laboratory in London. Extra help is provided by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, the British Library and Young Engineers.

Together, we provide a unique opportunity for school students looking to progress their knowledge, skill sets and personal development. As a result of taking part, students can enjoy great success at the National Final.

Young Engineer for BRitain National FinalistYEB Project Advisory Scheme

Are you looking to develop a STEM based project idea through to a finished article? Do you want to develop a project at your own pace? Could you benefit from a wealth of information designed to make the most of yourself and your project?

Can you answer yes to any of these questions, because if you can, then the Project Advisory Scheme is what you need!

The Project Advisory Scheme is an off-shoot of the Mentoring Programme and students still need a great STEM project. Which can be school course work etc. but, you don’t need to be aged 16 to 18. The Project Advisory Scheme is open to 14- to 18 year olds. Meaning younger students can benefit from the wealth of knowledge and information made available. Furthermore, participating students can go on to compete in the National Final.

YEB Videos

Young Engineers has created with the aid of our 2006 Young Engineer for Britain winner, Ruth Amos, a valuable video tool kit. Student members on the Mentoring Programme and the Project Advisory Scheme can access the videos through our members site.

Showcasing the development steps needed to take a project idea through to successful completion. The videos are a proven valuable tool that you can use throughout your education and in your working life. The video collection can assist students to prepare for school exams, course work, CREST Awards and other STEM competitions.

YEB Rewards and Awards

Young Engineer for Britain Mentoring Programme Student and our Patron HRH The Duke of York

Finally, students are eligible for the Programme Awards and Prizes at our National Final. Prizes such as our Patrons Award: HRH Duke of York’s Award for Creative Technology or participation at the Intel ISEF are available. At the end of the Mentoring Programme successful students are assessed and awarded Mentoring Programme Grades and specialist certificates:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction

In addition, students on the Project Advisory Scheme can request a project assessment and receive a grade and certificate.

What Next?

Ultimately, the decision is yours! Young Engineer for Britain Mentoring Programme or the YEB Project Advisory Scheme? Whichever route you take, you will be part of a group of like minded individuals with a skill set that will last all your life.

Open the tabs below and use the brochures and application forms to take part.

Any Questions?

Do you have any questions? Then you can contact us on the following.

T: 01428 727265

E: competitions@youngeng.org.uk

National Physical LaboratoryYoung Engineers Worshipful-Company-of-Scientific-Instrument-Makers

  • YEB Mentoring Programme Application Form

    Please note that the Mentoring Programme is currently closed, check back in July. Thank you.

    Please download the brochure and application form, save to your hard drive before completing the form electronically. Email your completed application to:

    Joanne Mitchell, Competitions Manager

    T: 01428 727265

    E: jo.mitchell@youngeng.org.uk


  • YEB Project Advisory Scheme Application Form

    Please not that the Project Advisory Scheme is currently closed, check back in July.

    Please download the brochure and application form, save to your hard drive before completing the form electronically. Email your completed application to:

    Joanne Mitchell, Competitions Manager

    T: 01428 727265

    E: jo.mitchell@youngeng.org.uk

  • Mentoring Programme Project Example 1

    Fall Detection and Alert System

    by Sanjay Puri, Nottingham High School

    Currently in care homes there are several devices that attempt to solve the problem of detecting when residents fall, and subsequently sending alerts to to the staff. However, when residents are deemed capable of going to the bathroom at night alone, very few safeguarding devices exist and for those that do, often they require residents wear or interaction, thereby discouraging vital independence. This project is a proof-of-concept prototype for minimising dangers associated with this; a small demonstrative bathroom flooring that differentiates between ’empty’ room, ‘walking’ and ‘falling’; each of which gives the appropriate response on a separate panel.

  • Mentoring Programme Project Example 2

    Robotic Hand Exoskeleton

    by Richard Ibekwe, Winchester College

    A robotic cost-effective exoskeleton that helps stroke victims with the rehabilitation of finger and wrist movements in weak or paralysed hands. The device incoporates a number of currently unavailable features, mainly concerned with the ability to track a patient’s progress and make adjustments to match their changing needs.

    Winner of the Young Engineers Award for Engineering Excellence (£1,000) 2014

  • Video: YEB Mentoring at NPL

  • Video: Intel ISEF - Our Competitors

  • National Final, Awards and Intel ISEF

    Young Engineer for Britain is the only route to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in England, Scotland and Wales. This all expenses paid, week long trip to America is an incredible once in a life time opportunity for students to compete and learn from some of the world’s brightest like-minded individuals. To find out more visit our YEB Intel ISEF page.

    In addition to competing for a place at the Intel ISEF, students are brought together for a showcase of their projects at the end of the Mentoring Programme. Here, experienced judges are given the opportunity to assess the work of the student and select winners for the Young Engineers National Awards, these include the following awards.

    • The Duke of York’s Award for Creative Use of Technology
    • 2 places at the Intel ISEF
    • Award for Craftsmanship
    • Award for Innovation
    • Award for Marketability
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