The Bright Ideas Challenge 2016 is now closed, but you can find full details of our national and regional winners below. We hope you enjoy reading about the teams who shared their ideas and inspired us all with their creative thinking, problem solving and team work. All our successful teams won individual student prizes and money to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teaching at their schools.

2016 National Champions

In addition to their regional prizes Queen Elizabeth's School received an extra £3,500 for their school. Rushcliffe School and Heathcote School and Science College came in second and third place, receiving £2,500 and £1,500 respectively.

2016 Regional Champions

Each of the regionals winners won £1,500 to support their school’s STEM teaching and a tablet computer each.

Region School name Team name Their bright idea
East Midlands Rushcliffe School STAR Piezoelectric tiles, which create energy from pressure, are put under all roads and railways
East of England Newmarket Academy Cool Compost Crew Windowsill compost-boxes that generate heat as the compost breaks down, which is then converted into power
London St Olave's Grammar School TRBN Wind turbines made of genetically modified bamboo, which absorb CO2 as the crop grows
North East Prudhoe Community High School Oasis Tech Apartment with hydroponic farms, solar panels and a maglev monorail system
North West Shevington High School Shevington Future Scientists Solar tiles on roads to harness the heat from the friction of tyres and turn into power
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Heathcote School and Science College The Next Generation Underground hover car system, using hydrogen and electrical energy as a power source
Scotland Woodmill High School Project Future Rapid transport system with pods that move on magnetic railways
South East Queen Elizabeth's School Algae to Power Algae on buildings converts biomass into energy and produces fuel for hydrogen cars
South West Bradon Forest School The Subatomic Bradons Distributing solar energy from places like the Sahara across the globe through fibre optic wires
West Midlands The Marches School The Utopians A phone charger that captures heat to generate energy in an internal generator
Wales St Clare's School Roller Squad Rollers under roads to harness kinetic energy and in turn power underground turbines
Yorkshire & the Humber Silverdale School Futuristic Design Curved solar dishes that can pivot to catch and concentrate sunlight

Think your school could rise to the challenge in future years? Email and we’ll be sure to notify you of forthcoming competitions.

Well done to all teams submitting entries!

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