Motivate tomorrow’s engineers today and be in with a chance of winning cash for your school

Celebrate the Year of Engineering by entering The Bright Ideas Challenge. Your students could win thousands for your school, while gaining vital workplace skills.

When Shell asked hundreds of teens what motivates them about science and engineering, a resounding 97% said they are inspired by imaginative ideas that help others and improve our planet for the future.

And yet, the UK is facing a critical STEM skills gap; skills that will help solve those complex global challenges. It’s clear there’s a need to foster a generation proficient in STEM skills who also have the resilience, problem solving skills, and creativity to turn their STEM knowledge into solutions with the power to make a difference.

By nurturing these skills, Shell hopes to empower young people to translate ingenious ideas into action in the real world. That’s why The Bright Ideas Challenge invites 11-14-year-olds to come up with bright ideas to power future cities making them vibrant, healthy, clean places to live.

What’s more, 2018 heralds the Year of Engineering, so Shell is joining a growing number of partners from across the UK, who are all working together to inspire young people to recognise the transformative impact of engineers on our everyday lives.

As part of this commitment Shell has introduced new ‘Ones to Watch’ prize categories to The Bright Ideas Challenge. These prizes recognise those essential analytical, team-working and influencing skills: Brainy Researchers, Dream Team and Talented Presenters. They’ve also introduced specific prizes for the best of year 7, 8 and 9 entries, to give schools even more chances to win. Each of these new category winners will get £750 to boost STEM learning in their school.

Other prizes include £1,500 for 14 regional winners, and a further £1,000 for five finalists who will have their idea prototyped and presented at Make the Future Live, Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation in London the 5th – 8th July. Finalists’ ideas will be showcased alongside new and innovative energy concepts and technologies shaping the future of energy.

Last year, a team from Inveralmond Community High School in Livingstone were crowned Scottish winners of the competition. Their idea involved using salt water as a source of potential energy, with an advanced salt water system in future cars, which would see salt water pass through a membrane in the tank to create an electrical charge that would power its electric motors. Other ingenious ideas generated by the competition in previous years include piezo electric sensors in pavements that convert footsteps into electricity and bacteria generators that turn food waste into power for skyscrapers. This year Dunfermline High in Fife were one of five schools to win an exclusive STEM workshop, as part of our early bird prize draw.

Don’t worry you’ve still got plenty of time to get your students entries in! Access Shell’s free curriculum linked resources as well as inspiration and tips from our 2017 champions by going to www.shell.co.uk/brightideaschallenge. Closing date for entries is Friday 27 April, 2018.

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