The Bright Ideas Challenge deadline has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday 3 May, 2017 due to some schools having issues submitting entries over the Easter holidays. So, there’s still time to get all your students’ entries in.

The Bright Ideas Challenge asks students to imagine creative ideas for how cities of the future might be powered, and is designed to help you deliver the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. With up to £50,000 of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) prizes available, are you ready to rise to the challenge? Scroll down and explore everything you need to run The Bright Ideas Challenge in your classroom, step-by-step. 

We’re delighted to have TV presenter and maths expert Rachel Riley supporting The Bright Ideas Challenge. Take a read of Rachel’s bio to find out more about her own STEM background and why she’s so excited to be a part of the competition!

Step 1: Watch the videos

Each of the four key activities that make up The Bright Ideas Challenge is introduced by a mini video. They will introduce your students to the competition and help guide them towards completing their entry. Watch them now to get an overview of the competition and see what’s involves – it takes about 15 minutes. 

If you can’t stream videos in the classroom, you can download the bright ideas videos.

Step 2: Download the resources

Download the key resources you need to deliver The Bright Ideas Challenge in your classroom. We recommend you start by reading the Teacher Toolkit, which explains how the competition works and the different resources we’ve developed for you. As an optional activity, you can also get your students fired-up and working as a team with our engineering ice-breakers. 

Download Teacher Toolkit

Download Classroom Presentation

Download Student Workbook

Download Ice-Breaker Actvities (Optional – but fun!)

Looking for a helping hand?

Shell is working with STEMnet to provide support from their STEM ambassador volunteers, to bring The Bright Ideas Challenge to life in your school. To find out more about requesting a volunteer, visit STEM Learning. You can also download the guide below to get your own STEM volunteers involved!

Download Volunteer Guide

Any questions?

Take a look at our FAQs for all common questions about taking part in the competition. For all other enquiries, email You can also read the full Terms and Conditions.

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