Why are we doing this?
We want to provide a practical education opportunity that links 11 to 16 year olds in secondary schools and youth groups to the history of the Longitude Prize while supporting them to develop their scientific and technological skills to enhance their learning and future STEM aspirations and prospects by taking part in a STEM challenge prize.
What are we doing?
We are running a competition that challenges young people to come up with ideas that use navigational and observational data from satellites for social good.
Please note that stage one of the competition has now closed.
Young people were provided with a range of satellite navigation and observational data, toolkits and resources, as well as Raspberry Pi kits and challenged to use this information to address a social issue that affects their lives, their communities or the world.
The new solutions could come in the form of apps, products, mapping or social activities; in fact anything their imaginations could stretch to. Ambassadors will be delivering inspiration sessions and we will be hosting a number of events at regional and national level.
We aim to:
- provide a practical education opportunity linking young people to the history of the Longitude Prize
- inform young people of the type of applications that satellite data is currently used for and how it currently affects their lives
- engage young people in and support them to develop practical STEM skills linked to satellite technology to enhance their learning and practical understanding of how they can utilise the technology to develop new products, technologies and systems for social good
- develop young peoples’ understanding of the relevance of satellite technologies to entrepreneurship and UK industry
- inspire young people to consider continuing to develop their skills in space technologies.
We're pleased to be working with: UK Space Agency, Raspberry Pi, Satellite Applications Catapult, STEMNET, British Science Association, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Ignite Futures.
In 1714, the British Government by an act of Parliament set up the Longitude Prize to solve the problem of how sailors would know their exact coordinates at sea. This was the first incentive prize of its kind. In 1765, a self-educated clockmaker, John Harrison, won the Longitude prize with his Chronometer. The solution led to massive innovation, including safer shipping, quicker trade, increased wealth and the start of globalisation (not to mention the invention of the portable timepiece).
The Longitude Explorer Prize builds on the tradition of more than 300 years of challenges advertised to involve the widest constituency of creative thinkers, in the belief that good ideas can come from anywhere. Visit our Centre for Challenge Prizes.
The popularity and impact of Nesta's Make Things Do Stuff programme demonstrates the growing appetite among young people to take part in scientific tasks and develop their 'maker' skills.