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Do you have a thirst for design? Wish you were one of the first to play a CD or get your hands on the original iPhone? Well this could be your chance, as the WJEC showcases the most futuristic inventions created by Welsh students at this year’s Innovation Awards.

Wales has always been a hotbed of talent with a multitude of Welsh inventions shaping modern life as we know it, for example the microphone, radar and even the plus and equals signs were coined here in Wales.

The Innovation Awards looks for the most forward-thinking project work from students studying WJEC GCSE and A level Design and Technology courses, recognising the next generation of inventors.

Starting in Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC stadium on 2-3 October the work will then be showcased in Bangor University on 16-17 October.

Steve Howells, Subject Officer for Design and Technology at WJEC: “We teamed up with the Welsh Government’s Department of Economy, Science and Transport in 1998 to celebrate the best in Welsh design and have hosted the event ever since. 

“The awards aim to encourage young people to think outside of the box and become more technologically innovative. It’s also a great way to showcase the talent and level of work put into studying these subjects at GCSE, AS and A level.

Aside from the awards, and the exhibition, there will also be a series of free short seminars and talks available for students and teachers, including designing sustainable products, intellectual property and managing the (computer aided technology) CAT in your school.

There will also be a chance to meet industry professionals as well as representatives from higher education establishments on the hunt for new talent. 

As well as the trophies given out to the overall winner, winners from each section in the GCSE and AS/A Level categories will also be in with a chance to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools or colleges. First prize winners will win £250 and an additional £125 for their centre, while second and third prize winners can bag £150 and £100 respectively.

For further information about the competition contact steve.howells@wjec.co.uk