Are your children excited about Ben Ainslie’s BT-backed bid to win the America’s Cup?

​If so, why not invite them to have a go at designing their own boat to challenge for the sailing competition in 2019.

They could win a trip for their class to Ben’s Land Rover BAR team base in Portsmouth and get a sailing lesson.

We’re the official technology in sustainability partner for Ben’s team.

We’ve developed innovative technology for his catamaran to help boost its chances of becoming the first British winner of the trophy.

[Read more: Sir Ben Ainslie leads British challenge for the 35th America’s Cup – with the help of BT]

Now BT STEM Crew, an online learning programme we’re sponsoring with Ben at the helm, is running a competition for 11-14-year-olds to design a racing boat.

BT STEM Crew resources highlight real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

So children need to show they’ve thought about these subjects behind their designs, considered recycling of materials and made sustainable selections wherever possible.

Submissions can be hand drawn or generated using computer-aided design. And supporting information should consider the type of boat, the structure and the materials.

[Read more: Watch the America’s Cup on BT Sport]

Liz Williams, BT’s Director of Tech Literacy and Education programmes, said: “Research shows that one of the biggest challenges within STEM education is a lack of relatable materials linking those subjects to real careers. 

“BT STEM Crew brings to life the real technology challenges Land Rover BAR faces every day in its bid to win the America’s Cup.

“The competition will help develop young people’s skills and open their eyes to the many different exciting opportunities that tech can offer.”

Find out more and enter the competition >