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Students - Share your innovations!

Grass Roots

Student Engineers, you are the future and we want to help you share your innovations with the world. Create a DesignSpark article or project showcasing what you are working on and be in with a chance of having access to advice and support in developing your idea, as well as one of our great prizes and limited-edition merch.


What we want to see

  • Your university and hobby projects
  • Thought-provoking articles on new technologies
  • Everything from your first prototype through to fully developed systems – we want to see it all!

Why enter?

DesignSpark is your engineering platform to share your innovation with the world. Whether you are an electronics, electrical, mechanical, aerospace or any other kind of engineer... DesignSpark is your place to share and connect with a global network of like-minded engineers.

Use DesignSpark to build your professional profile - the projects you post will be seen by engineers, innovators and employers all over the world. Take the opportunity to start sharing your enthusiasm, skills and knowledge today, before you enter the workplace.


The top three content creators will win our platinum prize of £500 RS shopping basket plus an awesome tech goodie bag.

A selection of special prizes (including a Nintendo Switch) will also be up for grabs in the following categories:

Most Innovative Project Prize

Awarded to the entrant who has demonstrated the highest level of innovation in their project.

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 4GB

UN Sustainable Development Goals Prize

Awarded to the entrant who has made the most significant contribution towards tackling a UN Sustainable Development Goal in their project.

  Sustainable Products Goodie Bag


Best Video Prize

Awarded to the entrant who has created the most engaging, exciting and well-produced video.

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Instant Camera


Most Thought-provoking Article Prize

Awarded to the entrant who has written the most thought-provoking article on a technology subject.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker


Most Likes Prize

Awarded to the entrant who receives the highest number of likes on their DesignSpark article or project.

Nintendo Switch Console


All entrants to the competition will receive a DesignSpark badge for posting their projects

How to enter

  1. Register your interest in the competition
  2. Create your article or project on DesignSpark. Any questions? Comment or email 
  3. Finished? Submit your article for moderation. The DesignSpark team will moderate your article and make it live on the platform if it complies with our community guidelines.
  4. Promote your article on social media with the hashtag #shareyourinnovation @rsgrassroots and encourage people to like your article on 


Looking for inspiration?

Check out all of the cool projects that have been posted to the DesignSpark Students area!

Competition Timeline:

Whilst the competition is open for some time, we encourage you to post as soon as possible to maximise your chance of winning the 'most likes' prize. If you would like to make small tweaks to your articles you can do this until the competition Closing Date.

  • 31st July 2020* – Competition closed for new registrations
  • 14th August 2020 - Final day to publish DesignSpark article/project
  • 4th September 2020 – Winners announced online on DesignSpark

* Competition extended from original closure date for new registrations, which was 15th June 2020.

  • Most Likes Prize - All entries published on DesignSpark by 14th August will be moderated and live on ready for you to promote for the most-likes prize by 18th August. Most-likes prize will be evaluated on 28th August. The sooner you post, the longer you have to promote your entry and the more likely you are to win this prize! 


Judging criteria

Entries will be judged by a minimum of three people using the following criteria.

Quality (40%)

  • Well-structured project or article
  • Good standard of written English
  • Use of available project elements - Bill-of-materials, summary, headline photo
  • Video and photo – high-quality, well-lit and composed photos and/or CAD renders.

Content (40%)

  • Level of innovation
  • Technical depth of material
  • Open Source Contribution – Code, Schematics, 3D CAD
  • Creativity

Entertainment (20%)

  • Social media impact – Article views and likes
  • Fun and interesting read


Content guidance

Here are some suggestions of things we would like to see, but feel free to be creative!

  • Introduce yourself
  • What does it do / what problem are you solving?
  • What inspired you?
  • How it works/The process?
  • Why is it different/new?
  • What did you learn?
  • What next?

Think about the awards you are aiming for, i.e if your project links to a Sustainable Development Goal make sure you mention it, think about what makes a great video and how you might share your content to get more likes.

Important notes:

  • Prefix the article Title with "Student Innovation"
  • Choose "Students" as the article parent category.
  • Choose the correct template to suit your entry!

Create a project -  Best suited to projects where you need to add a bill-of-materials (parts list) or code.

Create an article - Best suited to those thought-provoking technology articles 

Any questions?

Comment below or email us:


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Grass Roots works with DesignSpark, RS Components and other members of the Electrocomponents group to support the development of young engineers around the world!

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