University launches national competition to design a healthy home



Kids across Scotland are being asked to design a healthy home – as part of Heriot-Watt University's Year of Health campaign.

In 2019, the institution will be celebrating and sharing all the amazing research taking place to improve health from the homes we live in to the health of cells in the body.

Now a competition has been launched to celebrate the new campaign, due to kick off next year.

School children are being asked to hand draw a healthy home full of gadgets and tools to make families healthier as well as the plant.

Academics will pick winners from two categories aged 7-9 and 10-12 with both winners receiving a family ticket to a local science centre or zoo – plus a tour of the futuristic robotic assisted living lab at the Riccarton Campus in Edinburgh.

Dr Laura Wicks, public engagement lead at Heriot-Watt said: “We're appealing to young people across Scotland to get their artistic, thinking caps on, join in the fun and help our academics design the ultimate healthy home of the future.

“Whether at home or in the classroom this is a great competition to inspire the next generation of healthy gurus – we can't wait to see what the kids come up with!”

The deadline for entries is the 19 January 2019 and the winners will be announced in February 2019.

Email entries to or post to HW Engage, Research and Enterprise Services, Scott Russell Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS. 

For more information and to download an entry form please visit our website