Little Inventors

Between 15 September and 15 November 2019, we invited young people aged 8-12 across The North East to take part in the Pioneers Energy challenge.

15 children inventors and their school across Tees Valley, Sunderland and Northumberland were chosen to join the Little Inventors Pioneers programme. Between January and June 2020 these pioneers got to develop their idea further and become part of bringing it to life with the help of makers and experts, before showing it in a special exhibition in Tees Valley!

Visit the online exhibition here!

Get making with cardboard artist Lottie Smith!

Calling all Little Inventors! You have thought of an invention idea, drawn it, and now you want to take it to
the next step - take inspiration from Little Inventors Magnificent Maker and cardboard artist Lottie Smith and make your own prototype!

Pioneers inventor's log

We have developed the Inventors log to allow your little inventors to develop their idea further!!
This log has activities that children can complete in their own time, or to continue their invention journey at school
- More about your idea: a self-evaluation of their invention
- What’s the story: Write a story for your invention
My invention comics: another way to tell their story!
- Swap it up: extend your invention to other users
 as well as top tips and further activities such as a profiler and mind map for when they are ready to think of new ideas!

Pioneers Inventors log - Prototyping your idea!

Now that you have had a chance to think about your idea a bit more, it's time to get to the next time and start bringing it to life! Taking your idea from 2D to 3D is another great way to understand how your invention could work in real life. Creating a model using cardboard or recycled materials can help you refine your idea, and might even change how you think about it! Have a go!


The Pioneers energy challenge resource pack

In this resource pack, you will find two PowerPoint presentation. The first introduces the Energy challenge, what energy is, why it matters, looks at our human history with energy and challenges young people to invent better ways to make, use, store or stop wasting energy.  The second presentation offers a look at different sources of energy. Two activity sheets are provided as well as an invention sheet.  A resource guide with suggested activities and timings is also included, as well as curriculum links and learning outcomes.

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Terms and conditions



If you are the parent or guardian of a child who wishes to enter this competition, please read these terms and conditions on behalf of your child before they enter. Each entrant who is a child must have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter and, by giving your consent, you (the parent or guardian) agrees that the below terms and conditions apply to each entry submitted by your child. Each entrant is deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. Little Inventors reserve the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award any prize, to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

WHO ARE THE PROMOTERS? The promoters of this competition are: Little Inventors Worldwide Limited (registration no. 10344685) (the “Little Inventors”). Correspondence address: [26 Granville Court Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 1TQ]


The competition is open to children aged 8-12 in the regions of Tees Valley, Sunderland and Northumberland: a. aged 8-12 years old; and b. provided that the entrant has permission from their parent or guardian to enter, Entrants under the age of 18 years may be asked to provide proof of permission from their parent or guardian to enter this competition. If such proof cannot be provided then unfortunately the relevant entry may be disqualified. Entrants from other regions or countries are welcome to submit invention drawings, but will not be eligible to have their idea made real or to take part in the Pioneers programme. The competition will run from 15 September 2019 (the "Opening Date") to 30 November 2019 (the "Closing Date") inclusive. All competition entries must be received by no later than the Closing Date. All entries received after 23.59pm on the Closing Date regrettably cannot be accepted.

HOW TO ENTER To enter: (i) download the challenge resource pack available on Little Inventors’ website ( and print out the challenge invention sheet provided on the website; and (ii) draw your invention idea on the challenge invention sheet, scan the whole sheet and then upload the scan of your idea(s) in jpeg, png or gif format to the Little Inventors’ website before the competition closes. Each entrant may submit up to a maximum of 5 entries but no entrant can win more than one prize. Little Inventors do not accept any responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or which fail to reach Little Inventors by the close of the competition for any reason (including, without limitation, technical issues). Copies of each entry submitted will not be returned.

IMPORTANT CONFIRMATIONS In relation to each entry submitted by them, the entrant confirms that: the entry is completely their own original work and does not copy or include any third party’s work; there are no conflicting agreements in place that restrict use of any images or other works included in each entry submitted by them; they grant Little Inventors a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide licence for the full term of copyright, to use, alter, adapt, publish, distribute, display and sublicense rights in the works contained in each entry submitted by them; and they waive all moral rights in and to each entry.

Each entry may be displayed on the Little Inventors website (at the discretion of Little Inventors) and/or at Little Inventors event(s).

WHO WILL JUDGE THE ENTRIES? Little Inventors will be judging the competition with a relevant panel of judges of their own determining. The winning entries will be those that the judges consider to be the most inventive, creative and original. The decision of Little Inventors is final and no correspondence will be entered into about it.


There will be fifteen winning invention drawings selected for making and displaying at a dedicated exhibition in Tees Valley in Summer 2020. Judging of entries will occur after the Closing Date and the Winner and the Runners Up will be determined by the end of December 2019. The 15 children who have drawn the inventions will be invited to take part in the Little Inventors Pioneers programme, which will take place between January and June 2020 (specifics TBC). If they do not agree to take part - others will be invited?

PRIZES The prize for each winning child will be: (i) one (1) invention will be made real by a professional maker, designer or artist. (ii) the selected invention ideas that are made real will be exhibited in Tees Valley (venue TBC) in summer 2020. and (iii) Little Inventors retain the discretion to determine the exhibition placement which the winning invention ideas will be displayed (e.g. location at the exhibition event.) and the final selection criteria is subject to any required release/consent forms being signed by the entrant and their parent/guardian if applicable. The Winners will be notified by email (using the details provided with the Winner’s entry) on or before the 31 December 2019. Names of the Winners will also be posted on the Little Inventors website and each entrant consents to such publication by entering the competition. All prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Little Inventors reserve the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize.

PUBLICITY AND DATA USE The Winners may be requested to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name, age and invention ideas in any media. Entrants over the age of 18 hereby consent to participate to such use of their details, and Little Inventors shall seek permission from a parent or guardian of any Winners under the age of 18 prior to any publication of such entrant’s details. By entering this competition, each entrant agrees that any personal information provided with an entry may be held and used by Little Inventors (the data controller), solely to administer the competition. Data collected by Little Inventors in relation to an entrant’s use of the Little Inventors’ website will be held and used in accordance with Little Inventors’ privacy policy (please see the terms and conditions link on the Little Inventors website).

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS Little Inventors reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so. Insofar as is permitted by law, Little Inventors, their agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment occurring as a result of entering the competition or accepting a prize. The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the competition submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.