CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE

Millennium Point Trust is delighted to announce the success of its 2016 Prize.

The Prize will once again sponsor a current Year 13 student from the Midlands through an undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University's renowned Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.  The Trust will cover the student's course fees for the duration of their undergraduate study and means that they will be able to start their professional career without the need to pay off tuition fee loans.

In 2015, the Prize was only open to a limited number of schools, this year it was open to all schools and academies across Birmingham and the Midlands.  We encourage applications from all schools and further education colleges from around the region and are particularly interested in welcoming applications from institutions located in deprived areas or those whose students rarely go on to study STEM subjects at University.

We would like to congratulate our 2016 Young Innovator Prize winner, Abigail Lavercombe, from St. Martin's Girls' School, Solihull.

The 2016 Young Innovator Prize winner, Abigail Lavercombe, of St. Martin's Girl's School.

Abigail competed against six other finalists in a nail-biting live final on Thursday 17th March, where she presented to an audience and an esteemed judging panel in order to win her place on a three-year course starting in September. The 18-year-old winner impressed the judges with her presentation on ‘Urban Futures: Birmingham in 2065’.

The judging panel was made up of Judith Armstrong, CEO at Millennium Point, Simon Handley, associate dean for academic portfolio and market development from Birmingham City University and Lauren Deere, Museum Manager at Thinktank. 

THEMES

Millennium Point is a great place to experience the future.

The Prize process encouraged students to think about not only their future but the future of the world around them.

Shortlisted applicants were asked to do a five-minute presentation in a live final on one of the following themes - allowing them to explore how science, engineering, manufacturing, technology and innovation can impact the future.


SCIENCE & MUSIC: HOW WILL THE FUTURE SOUND?

URBAN FUTURES: BIRMINGHAM IN 2065

MARS PIONEERS: WHY SHOULD WE GO?

TECHNOLOGY: THE BLENDING OF ART AND SCIENCE?

AUGMENTED REALITY AND VIRTUAL REALITY: LIFE ENHANCING OR LIFE ESCAPING?


The Presentation was assessed on the following criteria:

Digital Work                               
Content, Reasoning and Delivery
Handling of Questions

Students should demonstrate persuasiveness and ingenuity in response to their chosen topic.  Equally, students need to demonstrate their understanding and application of science, technology, mathematics or engineering theory to address concepts and shouldn't be afraid to be provocative, hard-hitting or even humorous in their delivery.

The Prize process is a prequel to University where students will regularly need to demonstrate original thought as well as theoretical or technical knowledge.

The Final

The latest live final took place at Fazeley Studios on 17th March 2016.