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UKFT sponsors 'Textile Edge' award for 11 to 18 year olds
Feb '13
The British Science Association are delighted to be working with The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) to award the Textile Edge Prize, the first ever fashion and textile prize to feature in their National Science + Engineering Competition.
The Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education. The Textile Edge Prize will be awarded to the entrant with the most innovative and inspiring project relating to the field of fashion or textile design and technology.
That could be anything from investigating the hydrophilic properties of compounds to help understand why athletes use wicked fabrics, to following in the footsteps of designer Thomas Burberry, who invented gabardine; a tightly woven, water-repellent fabric, designed to be as practical, but more comfortable than rubberized fabrics.
Out of thousands of entrants to the Competition, 228 finalists have now been selected. These young scientists and engineers will exhibit their projects at the national finals of the Competition, which will be held at The Big Bang Fair, at the London ExCeL Centre, (14 – 17 March, 2013).
Competition Manager Jon Fitzmaurice commented: “It is fantastic to be able to work with UKFT to encourage more young people to understand the hugely important influence of science and technology on fashion and textiles. We hope the Competition and the prize will help to inspire the next generation of professionals working in the industry.”
The CEO of UKFT John Miln commented: “UKFT is proud to sponsor the Textile Edge Prize. We believe the future of our industry is enhanced significantly through promoting innovation and skills related to creative and technical textiles. We hope to both inspire and nurture this remarkable group of young people that the National Science & Engineering Competition has brought together.”
The Chief Executive of the British Science Association, Sir Roland Jackson commented: “We are delighted to be working with UKFT to celebrate the wonderful textiles and fashion related projects we see at the Competition. The Competition aims to recognize the creative flair of our young scientists and engineers, and to inspire others to follow related study and careers. We hope this prize encourages young people to investigate the fascinating science and technology principles relevant to fashion and textile design.”
About the National Science + Engineering Competition
The National Science + Engineering Competition 2013 is open to 11-18 year olds from across the UK who have completed a project or activity in any field of science, technology, engineering or maths.
Entries can come from teams or individuals. As well as the great prizes in all age categories, winners in the senior categories are crowned the UK Young Scientist(s) of the Year or the UK Young Engineer(s) of the Year at the National Awards Ceremony. 

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