The Bright Ideas Challenge 2018 is now closed. Watch this space for when winners are announced in week commencing May 21, 2018. All regional winners and finalists will win STEM-boosting cash prizes, plus a funded VIP London experience at Make the Future Live, Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation. To celebrate the Year of Engineering 2018 we are also awarding new cash prizes to six teams additional schools our judges consider to be ‘Ones to Watch’.

To be the first to hear when the competition reopens for it’s fourth year, complete the short registration form below to subscribe to our newsletter and join our network of teachers.

Resources to get your students competition ready

In the meantime, if you’re looking for resources to inspire young people about STEM, why not use these ice-breaker activities? These bite-sized, curriculum linked team building exercises are designed to get students working together on a practical problem. You can also read about Shell’s other STEM education programmes.

Download Ice-breaker Activities

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The Year of Engineering 2018

Shell is a proud supporter of the Year of Engineering, a year-long campaign led by HM Government, to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. Alongside other supporting partners, we aim to excite and inspire young minds to explore where STEM might lead them in the future and the career opportunities it can offer. By showcasing how varied, creative and impactful a career in engineering can be, one of the campaign’s ambitions is to tackle the skills-gap and lack of diversity across the industry.

Working with Tomorrow’s Engineers

Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest is made up of the Energiser Workshop and The Bright Ideas Challenge. This engineering experience combines a practical workshop and careers inspiration with opportunities to think like an engineer and tackle future energy challenges.

Visit to find out how to request workshops.

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.

Looking for a helping hand?

Shell is working with a range of STEM ambassadors and volunteers to support you in bringing The Bright Ideas Challenge to life in your school. To find out more, email us or visit You can also download the guide below to get your own STEM volunteers involved!

Download the Volunteer Guide


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