BCIA launches Schoolz Out competition

BCIA launches Schoolz Out competition

The Building Controls Industry Association has launched a brand new summer competition that encourages children and young people to design an energy saving product or initiative which uses an element of control, that could help reduce the energy consumption of their schools. 

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “Today’s students are perhaps more aware of environmental matters than anybody as it is their future that is most at stake right now. The next generation of engineers will be the key drivers in developing the innovative technologies to help create a sustainable future and the Schoolz Out competition encourages people to take the initiative as early as possible in shaping the world they will inherit.”


The competition is open to two age categories; age 10 and under, and age 11-16, with a prize to be awarded to the winner of each category. The winners can choose from: A 64GB 10.1” iPad Air with a £30 iTunes gift card  OR  An ASUS C434 Full HD 14 Inch Touchscreen Chromebook. 

Every entry will be put in front of the BCIA’s judging panel. The winner will be the design which the panel believes shows the greatest use of innovation and invention to control the amount of energy being used in a school and most importantly, the entry which will save the most energy for their school. 

The participants must fill in the entry form which can be found here and return this with their design, either via post or email to arrive before the deadline of Monday 31st August 2020. 

The winning entries will be revealed on Thursday 17 September 2020. 

Terry Sharp concluded: “It is vital that we at the BCIA engage with young people like this and I am really looking forward to seeing the ideas that are put forward.”

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