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Special Leaders Award Updates

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Over 18,000 children in Scotland to date have designed a response to this question!

The SESLA Awards 2016 – Thursday 9th June

The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award (SESLA) is a free STEM competition open to all school children in Scotland which asks them precisely that. To answer the question they have to interview an engineer and create a design which engineers a solution to a perceived problem – Shopping Trolley for the Elderly or Breathalyser Locking Ignition System anyone?

The 2016 SESLA Awards night on 9th June, will again be hosted by Strathclyde University at The Barony Hall in Glasgow and will be a huge celebration of children’s creativity, ingenuity and engagement with engineering. Children, parents, teachers and the great and good from engineering will come together at this awards night with Scottish Engineering to celebrate the winners from each age group culminating in the Doosan Award for overall winner.

Dr Susan Scurlock, Chief Executive of Primary Engineer Programmes and founder of The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award said,

“This is now the 4th year of the competition which has gone from strength to strength in getting schools and children engaged with and stimulated by engineering and all it offers to the world. Children are natural engineers and once they have investigated engineering and interviewed an engineer, their inventiveness, ingenuity and originality are released within an understanding of what the future of engineering could be with them being a part of it.”




Dr Scurlock continues,

“This year we have worked with Education Scotland to provide children with the opportunity to interview a range of engineers live via Glow TV. From weapons engineers in the navy to green energy solutions and a biomedical engineer amongst many others, children have had the opportunity to talk to engineers and be inspired by what they do. The children’s designs are phenomenal and thanks to Strathclyde University a winning entry from the competition will be made as a project by MEng students which is incredibly exciting!”

The 2016 Awards night will see the grand unveiling of 2015 Doosan winner, Aidan McCann’s ‘Shopping Trolley for the Elderly’ which is the first design to be made by a team of students from the faculty of engineering at Strathclyde University. The student team’s progress has been made available on the Education Scotland Learning Blog as a series of short video blogs to further engage children with engineering and to see a winning entry being made and the processes involved.

For further information and images please contact: Victoria Lane, Operations Director

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Venue, Dates & Times

The Barony Hall

16 Rottenrow East


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Award Ceremony:

Thursday, 9 June 2016 – 4.30pm to 7.30pm


Friday, 10 June 2016 – 9.00am to 4.30pm

Saturday, 11 June 2016 – 10.00am to 3.00pm

Everyone is welcome however parties over 15 should pre-book with


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London Special Leaders Award

For its inaugural year, the London Special Leaders Award along with UCL are proud to announce the award ceremony and public exhibition, to honour and highlight the engineering innovation of London’s school children, will be held at the twin venues of the North/South Cloisters and the Wilkins Front Quad Marquee at UCL on Friday, 15 July 2016.

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The public exhibition in the North/South Cloisters, will display the illustrations of, at least, two fantastic inventions from every school that participated. The award ceremony, will be held in the Wilkins Front Quad Marquee in front of a specially invited audience to present trophies to those pupils whose inventions have been selected as age-group winners by a panel of engineering luminaries from academia and industry.

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The Team at Leaders Award and Primary Engineer would like to thank all the pupils, teachers and engineers who have made this such an extraordinarily engineered event which would not have been possible without the support from UCL, Doosan Babcock, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Babcock International, students from the UCL outreach programme and the many companies, organisations and engineers who have supported local schools. 

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Venues, Date & Times


North/South Cloisters and the Wilkins Front Quad Marquee




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Award Ceremony:


Friday, 15 July 2016 – Wilkins Front Quad Marquee – 1.00pm to 2.30pm




Friday, 15 July 2016 – North/South Cloisters – 10.00am to 6.00pm


Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibition however parties over 15 should pre-book.

If you would like tickets for the award ceremony please contact rsvplondon@leadersaward.com.


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Leaders Award for STEM

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The primary, secondary and advanced Leaders Award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The Leaders Award for STEM is a Primary Engineer programme open to students from 5 to 19 years old. It is a fantastic way to increase their awareness of the breadth of opportunities open to them within STEM subjects. We help students to develop vital literacy and communication skills, and give them the chance to speak directly to professionals from different fields in STEM.

Register now! Or for more information, please contact us.

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NEWS FLASH: London Special Leaders Award


“If you were an engineer in London – what would you do?”

Registration for the London Special Leaders Award 2015 - 2016 is now open to all Primary and Secondary schools in the
London area.


Register here now!

For more information, follow this link, or

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NEWS FLASH: The North East Special Leaders Award

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“If you were an engineer in the North East – what would you do?”

Registration for the North East Special Leaders Award 2015 - 2016 is now open to all Primary and Secondary schools in the
North East area.


Register here now!

For more information, follow this link, or

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