The Bright Ideas Challenge 2018 is now closed, but will be opening again this Autumn! 

Could your students be winners of The Bright Ideas Challenge 2019? To be the first to hear when the competition reopens for its fourth year, complete the short registration form at the bottom of this page.

All winning schools won cash prizes up to £5,000 to super-size STEM teaching, plus a VIP London experience at Make the Future Live, Shell’s festival of bright energy ideas which took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 5-8, 2018. Have a read below to get a snapshot of the winning ideas that impressed our judges, as well as the teams’ VIP festival experience!



The Bright Ideas Challenge National Champions 2018

Four Year 9 students Whalley Range High School in Whalley Range, Manchester, fought off tough competition from hundreds of schools across England, Scotland and Wales to become the National Champions of The Bright Ideas Challenge 2018. The team won £5,000 to spend on state-of-the-art science and technology equipment for their school. 

With the average human taking 7000 steps a day, ‘The Beautiful Bright Beginning’ team recognised the potential of harnessing the energy created by the hundreds of millions of steps taken every day by the residents of future cities. 

The team proposed the creation of ‘Electroes’ – power generating shoes that would use constant movement to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy to power personal devices.  Foam pushers in ‘Electroes’ would activate special piezoelectric discs built into the shoe’s soles to generate an electrical current.

The team’s idea was showcased to thousands of festival-goers at Make the Future Live, along with creative concepts from fellow finalists from across Great Britain and future energy concepts from around the world.


Read about the 2018 regional winners and finalists



This year the competition was supported by a team of ambassadors who are passionate about inspiring future scientists and engineers, including celebrity maths expert Rachel Riley. Click the button below to find out more about them.

Meet the Ambassadors

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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.


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