Pioneers Energy Challenge to launch at 2019 Festival of Thrift, Little Inventors


  • The internationally acclaimed Little Inventors is back with a new challenge 

  • Little Inventors ask North East children to help tackle creating, using and saving energy to look after our environment

  • The most interesting ideas will be turned into real prototypes by expert makers for exhibition

The North East of England has a proud tradition of inventions - from Stephenson’s Rocket to the first electric lightbulb - and today North East companies are at the forefront of new innovations in renewable energy, so it is fitting that a brand new initiative encouraging children to invent new ways to save energy is launching in Redcar this month.

The Little Inventors Pioneers Energy Challenge is a free initiative funded by Arts Council England to get children aged 8-12 across the North East to think up ideas to generate energy, save energy or use energy better. Ideas can be submitted online, then 15 lucky young people from Tees Valley, Sunderland and Northumberland will be chosen to work with the Little Inventors team, professional makers and designers, who will help turn their inventions from idea to reality for an exhibition in Tees Valley in summer 2020. 

Little Inventors turn children's ideas into reality. Born from the success of the Inventors! project commissioned by The Cultural Spring in Sunderland in late 2015, the team now work with partners across the world. Last year, Little Inventors’ North 2030 project was part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Over 2,000 ideas were submitted and 17 were featured in a major exhibition in the Discovery Museum, Newcastle. Little Inventors also worked with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA); more than 3,000 ideas were entered, with many currently on display in the Montreal Science Centre. And five invention models from the Inventors! project in Sunderland in 2016 are now in the permanent collection at the V&A Museum.

The Pioneers Energy Challenge will be launched at the Festival of Thrift in Kirkleatham, Redcar on 14-15 September. For more information visit