Overall winners of this Meccano competition, which challenged primary schools to design "a vehicle of the future", are a team of six pupils at Greasby Junior School, The Wirral, with RES-Q, an electric-powered all-terrain rescue vehicle. At the finals held at the London Science Museum, they were presented with pound;1,000. The international final will be in Paris. Details: Tim James, 0181 742 7898.
ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARDS
Meare Village primary school in Somerset was the overall winner of these awards organised by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the Royal Bath and West Society. Pupils helped with wetland restoration at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Ham Wall reserve and produced a newspaper, the 'Wetland Express'.
Year 10 student, Charlotte Holden from Walshaw High School in Burnley, won pound;750 for her school and pound;100 for herself with the chilli con carne pasty she created using Holland's Pies' education pack. Details of the 19992000 challenge will be out in July. Write to: Holland's Marketing Department, Baxenden, Accrington, Lancs BB5 2SA.
Nadine England, aged eight, from Bengeo County primary school, Hertford, won this Three Valleys Water competition, with her Christmas tree poem. She received a pound;25 voucher and pound;500 for her school. The poem will be published in a specially commissioned book to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
THE BLAKE SHIELD
Last chance to register for this competition, which requires teams of boys and girls aged seven to 16 to submit their natural history or conservation projects by September 18. Professor David Bellamy will award the winning team with prizes, a five-day field study trip and the Blake Shield, Ward Cup. Details: 01933 314672 (telfax).
SCOOBY-DOO SWIMS EUROPE
Kellogg's Frosties, the Cartoon Network and the Amateur Swimming Association are encouraging schools to organise sponsored swims to raise money for schools. Scooby-Doo is "swimming around Europe" and for every metre the children swim, he will swim 10 metres. All participants receive a Scooby-Doo badge and certificate. Closing date for receipt of sponsor money is August 31. Scooby-Doo Wetline: 01788 337855.