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

The competition at a glance

The Bright Ideas Challenge is designed to spark young people’s curiosity in science and engineering and to help deliver the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. We’ve also aligned the resources to careers strategies across Great Britain, making it even easier for teachers to provide quality STEM careers inspiration in the classroom and remotely.

The 2019-20 winning idea explored harnessing the power of genetic engineering to develop bioluminescent plants that could be used to light up buildings and improve air quality. The winning student even created a Minecraft video to show how her idea would work! Check out all last year’s winning teams at the bottom of this page.

Want to get your students inspired? Explore this and other previous winners’ ideas through our brand-new Inspiration Pack, filled with visual examples, handy hints and practical tips from our judges about how to create a winning entry.

Download the Inspiration Pack

Looking for a printed kick-starter pack with all the materials you need to deliver the competition in class? Email us with ‘Printed pack request’ in the subject, along with quantities and a delivery address to get your hands on one today. Hurry, as we only have a limited number of packs to send out on a first come, first serve basis!

The Bright Ideas Challenge closes at 5pm on Friday 21st May, 2021


Enter and your students could win:

  • Up to £10,000 to supersize your school’s STEM offering
  • Exciting goodie bags for students, packed with science and engineering themed gadgets, kit and subscriptions
  • Funded, facilitated prototyping and science communication workshops at your school to take students’ ideas to the next level
  • The opportunity to showcase students’ ideas to our panel and attend a VIP virtual awards ceremony

How to get started

All the resources needed to get started are below, including a toolkit for teachers, PowerPoint presentation, workbook and videos to help you guide students through the entry process in as little as 2.5 hours. We even have a new video for students, with step-by-step guidance on completing a winning entry from home.

Still not sure where to start? Use our Resource Navigation Guide for advice on delivering the competition in several ways – whether it’s in class, as a STEM club, or if you have limited time.


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Watch the introductory film

Watch the first video in the gallery below

Video 1 will explain what the competition’s all about. The full suite of videos can be used alongside the resources to help bring each activity of the competition to life.

Use our guide to get started

Download our Resource Navigation Guide

The guide suggests different ways to deliver The Bright Ideas Challenge in a number of teaching settings, whether it’s…

  • In lesson time
  • At home
  • As part of a STEM club or enrichment day
  • To contribute to your career strategy
  • Quickly – if you have limited time

Download Content Navigation Guide

Resources for class delivery

Download the classroom resources for teachers and students

Alongside the four videos, here’s where you’ll find all the resources available to help you deliver The Bright Ideas Challenge.

  • A step-by-step guide for teachers to use in the classroom:

Download the Teacher Toolkit

  • A supporting resource for delivering the competition in the classroom:

Download the Classroom Presentation

  • Help students develop the best idea they can:

Download the Student Workbook

  • Optional hands-on activities to get your students warmed up:

Download the Inspiration Pack

  • Spark creativity by looking at past winners’ ideas

Download the Ice-breaker Activities

Resources for remote delivery

Share this film to help student enter from home

Help students enter the competition independently and remotely by showing them this step-by-step film:

They can also use this handy guide to help them with their research:

Download the Research Guide

For a digital pack that brings together all the materials students will need to take part in the competition remotely, email us at

Submit your entries

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

The Bright Ideas Challenge closes at 5pm on Friday May 21, 2021.

Download Bright Ideas Entry Form

Download Teacher Cover Sheet

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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