Lockdown Learner Challenge – details

A competition for year 11 and year 13 learners (with 2 age categories) to help inspire and motivate the next step in your studies

We’re challenging you to create an ‘explainer’ on a topic that you will be studying in sixth form, college or university later this year

Explainers can cover just about anything, but here are some examples:

  • looking for solutions to the climate change crisis
  • uncovering more about the cultures, religions, histories and heritage of Wales
  • investigating quantum theory or another aspect of physics
  • learning about the experiences of different communities through literature, visual arts and music,
  • exploring the world in geography
  • analysing reliability and bias in journalism on important issues
  • understanding more about our world today through history

We want to see creative ideas and interpretations of your topic, and an enthusiasm for developing your knowledge of your chosen subject. As well as learning more, we want to help you develop your curiosity, creativity and critical thinking.

We can accept PowerPoint presentations, posters, audio files, written work or videos – see the rules for more information.

Your entry should be pitched at a general audience – your friends, peers, parents, grandparents and neighbours. Tip: avoid using unnecessary jargon or acronyms and make sure technical terms are made clear for the audience.

Our Fellows, who are leading experts, will judge the entries.

There are several prizes available in both age categories; each entrant will also receive a certificate. The first prize in each category will be £300; runners up will receive £150.

Entries will be judged in terms of:

  • Clarity of message and design – how successfully have you conveyed the topic to a general audience?
  • Originality and creativity  – what makes your explainer stand out from the crowd?

All entries must be received by 7pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.