Bright Ideas winners announced at summer STEM festival


A team of four students from Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet has fought off tough competition from over 400 teams to be crowned the national champion of Shell’s new schools competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge.

Their victory was announced earlier this summer at Make the Future London, a festival of ideas and innovation at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

The winning students were VIP guests at the festival. Along with 7,000 other school students and teachers, they had the chance to see some of the world’s most innovative energy ideas brought to life through interactive experiences and hands-on experiments. Highlights included live shows from the Science Museum, coding workshops and a football challenge hosted by sporting legend Pele on a pitch that generates power from footsteps. The winning students and finalists were also front row spectators at Shell Ecomarathon, the world’s longest-running student competition featuring ultra-efficient cars of the future.

With three out of four people globally set to live in cities by 2050, The Bright Ideas Challenge asked young people aged 11 to 14 to imagine creative solutions to power the cities of tomorrow. The winning team of students came up with the innovative idea of installing transparent tubes filled with algae onto the sides of city buildings to instantly transform them into clean, energy-generating power stations!

Martin Haigh, Senior Energy Adviser at Shell and one of the competition judges, commented: ‘The energy challenges of tomorrow are huge. To meet them, we will need people with leading science and engineering skills, combined with both commitment and creativity.

‘The Bright Ideas Challenge is all about fostering ingenuity and helping young people make the connection between the STEM skills they’re learning in the classroom and their ability to positively shape a bright future for us all.’

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