Farnell element14 offers education organisations in the UK the chance to Win a Lab Makeover

Win a Lab Makeover

Farnell element14, The Development Distributor, is today launching its ‘Win a Lab Makeover’ competition for education organisations in the UK to win the opportunity to have their teaching space refurbished.

Schools, universities and other education charities are being invited to submit their establishment to be considered for a lab makeover worth up to £3,500. Farnell element14 has also partnered with Keysight to support the competition by giving away five InfiniVision 1000 X-Series Oscilloscopes worth over £600 each to the winning organisation to be used in their newly refurbished lab space.

Farnell element14 has launched the initiative as it recognises that the right environment and equipment is vital to give students the tools and support they need make the right start in their engineering careers.

As the Development Distributor, Farnell element14 works with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, sponsors ‘startupbootcamp IoT’, an innovation accelerator, and provides a forum for engineers to share ideas and projects through its leading element14 Community.

Peter Birks, European Business President, Farnell element14, said: 

“At Farnell element14 we are committed to introducing young people into the world of coding and helping them on their learning journey from education to maker to professional engineer. We do this in so many ways – right from manufacturing coding devices that spark an interest in coding from a young age, to supporting next steps as an official manufacturer of two of the most popular maker boards in the world, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black.

“In education, we provide guidance and support through online resources available from the STEM Academy and our widely used element14 Community which has over 440,000 members. Right here in the UK, we work with Leeds Beckett University, providing access to our lab facilities for project work as well as an accredited module for their Electronics degree course. This competition recognises the strong engineering heritage we have the in UK, and the importance of investing in education to ensure that this continues.”

Organisations can submit their entries at The closing date for entries is 18th April and four finalists will be selected to go head to head in a public vote.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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