Sparking excitement in science
The KM Bright Spark Awards are staged to help make science cool. Students are encouraged to collaborate using cross-curricular skills in maths, IT, science and engineering to innovate and create.
Competition categories are: Innovation, Investigation, and Invention.
- There are no age restrictions so both primary and secondary schools can get involved.
- There is no limit to the number of entries a school or even a group of students can submit, but each entry will be judged separately.
Finalists will be invited to the annual awards event, which is run in a dragons’ den-style format. The students will be filmed in advance in school to show the detail of the project. This is screened before the students take to the stage to describe their creation and dragons quiz the youngsters on their initiative. Different panels of dragons will judge the varying categories or year groups and award trophies and experience prizes to the students and schools.
Overall Bright Spark Awards champions will win a top prize of £500.
Nominations for the KM Bright Spark Awards must be received by noon on the first Friday in June. The best entries will be invited to the exciting competition final at Discovery Park, Sandwich on the first Friday in July each year.
KM Bright Spark Awards 2017 is now open for entries.
The event will have a fundraising element with additional seats available to purchase on a paid basis and a raffle held. Proceeds raised go to literacy and road safety projects in the region.
For more information on KM Bright Spark Awards take a look at the video below of the 2016 event or ring the team on 0844 264 0291. To view photographs of the 2016 event, click here for our Event Gallery page.
Partners supporting the 2016 event included: the science faculty at the University of Kent, Hectic Lifestyles, Benenden Hospital Trust, Pfizer, Golding Vision and Discovery Park.
KM Bright Spark Awards are staged as a fundraising event to support the educational services delivered by the KM Charity Team in Kent schools. No charge is made to submit a nomination, but funds raised through corporate sponsorship are used to support our work.