Last year's winning idea demonstrated through Minecraft
Last year's winning idea demonstrated through Minecraft

The Bright Ideas Challenge 2019/2020 winners have been chosen!

We’re excited to announce the 14 schools across Great Britain who have been crowned winners of The Bright Ideas Challenge. We had over 1,000 entries this year, so huge congratulations to those who were selected! Our judges were overwhelmed with fantastic entries and had their work cut out to select the final shortlist.

Each winning student has received an exciting goodie bag packed with high-tech kit, creative activities and subscriptions to keep them inspired about science, technology, engineering and maths.

The national champion, a student at Ridgeway Academy, has won a whopping £10,000 for her school to supersize STEM learning! The winning idea explored harnessing the power of genetic engineering and bioluminescence to develop plants that glow in the dark. From houseplants to trees, these would be used to light up classrooms, public pathways and city buildings, while using the plants’ photosynthesis to absorb CO2 and improve air quality. She also explored how this idea could support those with disabilities or impaired sight.

Reema Hooks, science teacher and head judge for the competition, was especially impressed with how the winner “took the idea a step further, and thought about how she could adapt that solution, to make it as impactful as possible. These are the signs of a true engineer!”

Find the full list of winners below..

Even if you weren’t a winner this time, you’ll soon have another chance to enter as the competition re-opens this autumn term! Stay tuned for updates, and email with any questions.

Scarlett Beskeen National Champion, Ridgeway Academy
Scarlett Beskeen National Champion, Ridgeway Academy

The Bright Ideas Challenge 2019-20: Winning schools by category

National champion (receives £10,000)

  • Ridgeway Academy, Welwyn Garden City

Finalists (each receive £4,000)

  • Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge
  • Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
  • Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph, Wales
  • Trinity Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Regional / special category winners (each receive £2,500)

  • Humphry Davy School, Penzance
  • Southmoor Academy, Sunderland
  • Sheffield High School for Girls, Sheffield
  • Berwick Middle School, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Stamford High School, Stamford
  • King Edward VI Aston School, Birmingham
  • Capital City Academy, London
  • Turriff Academy, Turriff, Scotland
  • Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Altrincham

Looking for STEM inspiration?

Why not try one of our ice-breaker activities in class or at home – fun, hands-on and curriculum-linked!

Download the ice-breaker activites

Any questions?

Take a look at our FAQs for the most frequently asked 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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