UK schools battle it out in Viking Young Inventors’ Competition to win £5000 for their school

Viking, the school and office supplies channel of Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and services in the UK are inviting pupils from primary and secondary schools to get their creative juices flowing and take part in Viking’s Young Inventors’ competition.

Children 16 and under will be competing with other pupils across the UK in the Young Inventors’ Competition. The competition will be judged in two categories – one for primary schools and one for secondary schools. Pupils can take part by designing an invention for their classroom which fits an eco-friendly, futuristic or fun theme and providing a short description of their invention.

The competition encourages pupils to utilise their imagination, and expand their vision of the potential advancements to their everyday stationery items in the classroom. The deadline for competition entries is Friday 22nd July 2016, an initial shortlist will be selected and the winner will then be chosen by a representative of Viking in September. The winning school will win £5000 to spend with Viking and the winning pupil will win a digital camera worth £346 (inc Vat). The two individual runners up (one from the Primary School category and one from the Secondary School category) will each receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet worth £178 (Inc VAT) for themselves and a Swash, Classmaster and Show me bundle worth £250 (Ex Vat) for their school.

Andrea Kenna, Director of merchandising at Office Depot and Viking said:

“This competition is a great way to encourage children to think about existing products in their classroom and how they can innovate these or be inspired to design new inventions.

With the classroom environment evolving so fast we are always looking out for the next new product on the market and what makes it different to what has already been invented.

Viking understands the challenges schools face due to budget cuts and we feel it is a great shame that schools are losing out. We wanted to give something back which would help schools keep topped up with their everyday essentials and we’re sure that £5000 will definitely help! We look forward to seeing what inventions for the classroom pupils can create from their imaginations.”


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