A team of four students from St Clement Danes are regional winners in Shell’s national schools’ science competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge.
The four, Nick Lake, Alexander Brett, Sarosh Italia and Khushnaz Italia
in Years 7 and 9 won £1,500 for their school and a VIP trip to Make the Future Live, a four-day festival in London featuring hands-on science shows, panel debates, Virtual and Augmented reality experiences alongside live music and street food.
The Challenge asks young people 11-14 to creatively address future energy issues in our cities, and demonstrate understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the process
The group proposed changing wasted energy into usable electric energy via Thermo electric plates on city building surfaces which would convert the heat difference between cold night air and the heat generated from the inside of the building into electricity to power lights and devices in the building. The solution won for its simplicity and the practical incorporation into architecture
“Competitions like this help take the students’ enthusiasm for what they’re learning to a new level.” adds Mandy Quinton, the school’s Science Learning Partnership Lead.