The Bright Ideas Challenge 2017 is now closed and we’re delighted to announce each of the schools below have won cash prizes to super-size STEM teaching, plus tablet computers for each team member. Not only this, but they were invited on a fully funded VIP trip to Make the Future Live, Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation which took place place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where they met TV personality, maths expert and Bright Ideas Ambassador Rachel Riley.

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Read about the winning teams’ ideas

Here’s an overview of the winning entries we had from across Great Britain, with a brief description of each of the amazing bright ideas they came up with!

Category Prize Money School name Team name Their Bright Idea
1st place national champion £5,000 Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont Energeeks Wristbands containing ‘piezoelectric’ batteries, which convert soundwaves into energy using the law of thermodynamics, to power household devices as people go about their daily lives.
2nd place national winner £4,000 Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School, Barnet Tracese Bacteria generators stored under every home, which can break down food waste in order to extract electrons to in turn power households.
3rd place winner £3,000 St Clare's School, Bridgend Chipachapchino Future homes built of carbon-absorbing bricks. This by-product would then be extracted and converted to power homes, cars and even planes of the future.
Aberdeenshire winner £1,500 Mintlaw Academy, Peterhead Young Minds Fitness trackers that incentivise people to use transport less by logging their steps and converting them into tokens to get discounts on energy bills.
East Midlands winner £1,500 Rushcliffe School, West Bridgford Axys Waterworkers Mini Impact Caps on different surfaces across the city with piezoelectric sensors that convert the vibrations from rain drops into electrical energy.
East of England winner £1,500 Culford School, Bury St Edmunds Windy Solutions Multi-functional wind turbines on rooftops that supply a continuous supply of filtered, clean air to offices.
North East winner £1,500 Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead Team Reactants System of heat-producing lasers that would fuse hydrogen to make helium, releasing large amounts of energy without creating harmful gasses or radioactive waste.
North West winner £1,500 Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Lancaster Junior Masterminds Mini hydro-electric systems that could be installed in drain pipes across future cities that create energy as water moves through them.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park winner £1,500 Brampton Manor Academy, Newham Food Engineers Burning food waste and converting the heat generated into abundant, affordable electrical energy to power homes and businesses.
Scotland winner £1,500 Inveralmond Community High School, Livingstone The Renuables Cars powered by salt water harvested from the oceans as a cheap-to-run, plentiful alternative fuel.
South West winner £1,500 Atrium Studio School, Ashburton Eco Savers Self-sustaining toilet blocks completely powered by small hydro-electrical generators in the pipes of all sinks and toilets, which generate electrical energy.
West Midlands winner £1,500 Blythe Bridge High School, Stoke-on-Trent DGC Energy Solutions Turbines on the outside of skyscrapers that generate energy from the wind hitting their sides, with more installed on drainage pipes that generate kinetic energy created by the buildings’ plumbing.
Yorkshire & the Humber winner £1,500 The Read School, Selby Echo School Vertical farms that produce nutritious crops to efficiently cater for residents’ food needs, keep future cities healthy and save energy normally required to transport food.

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