The 2018 Uncover Copper competition launched today, inviting UK students aged 11–16 to explore copper's essential role in our present and future to win great prizes for themselves and their schools.
Copper surrounds us. It’s in our phones and tablets, the walls of our houses, our hospitals and even inside our bodies, but we rarely notice it. The Uncover Copper competition calls on students to uncover copper, seeking it out in buildings, health and medicine, and new applications in renewable energy and sustainable transport systems.
To enter, students must choose one of the three categories and design an A3 poster that answers the questions, exploring the red metal’s applications and the chemical properties behind its use.
- Building Services: Where is copper used in our homes and schools? Think wiring and home automation, plumbing and sprinkler systems. Which properties of copper make it uniquely suited to these applications?
- Health and Medicine: How is copper used in our bodies and in healthcare? Think dietary needs, hygienic touch surfaces and MRI machines. Why is copper essential for our health?
- Renewable Energy and Transport: What contribution is copper making to a greener future? Think wind turbines, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wave and tidal. Think electric vehicles. What properties of copper make it beneficial in these applications?
Entries can be posted to: Uncover Copper Competition, Copper Development Association, 5 Grovelands Business Centre, Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 7TE.
Alternatively, entries can be emailed in PDF format to email@example.com
First place in each category for each age group will win £100 plus £500 for their school. Second place in each category and age group will win £50 plus £250 for their school. Special awards may be given to posters that stand out from the rest, for their content or presentation.
For further details, visit www.copperalliance.org.uk/competition
The Uncover Copper Competition is organised by Copper Development Association, together with the Association for Science Education. CDA is a UK-based non-profit organisation that promotes and supports the use of copper based on its superior technical performance and its contribution to a higher quality of life.