The competition at a glance

Free curriculum-linked resources

Incorporating everything from a step-by-step toolkit to mini videos for you and your students, our resources will guide you and your students through the process in as little as 2.5 hours. They are designed to fit flexibly around your timetable, whether you’re delivering the competition as part of your lessons, a student led project, STEM club or enrichment day.

Win cash prizes and amazing VIP experiences

Winning schools from across Great Britain will receive:

  • Cash prizes of £750-£5,000 to boost their schools’ STEM offering
  • *New this year* Cash vouchers for students
  • *New this year* Prototyping workshops for students to see their ideas really come to life
  • A funded VIP experience at Make the Future Live in London, where the finalists’ prototypes will be on display and put to a public vote to pick the 2018 champion! 

There’s still plenty of time to submit an entry before the final deadline of 5pm on Friday April 27, 2018.

Get started today by following these simple steps!

Step 1: Watch the videos

The four key activities that make up The Bright Ideas Challenge are each 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 involved – it takes about ten minutes.

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.

Need a Word document version of these resources? Email us at

Download Teacher Toolkit

Download Student Workbook

Download Classroom Presentation

Download Ice-Breaker Activities (Optional - but fun!)


Step 3: Submit your entries

To enter, simply send you students’ Bright Ideas Entry Forms and the Teacher Cover Sheet to

Download Bright Ideas Entry

Download Teacher Cover Sheet

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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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