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The Bright Ideas Challenge

How would your students power cities in 2050?

The Bright Ideas Challenge

What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question put to students by The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell’s cross-curricular schools’ competition. It invites young people to use their creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With up to £10,000 up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!

All resources and information for entering the competition will be made available in November 2020 on our website. Make sure you stay tuned.

Duration

The competition runs over for a 7 month period during the school year. Schools can submit an entry when ready during the 7 months. It can take as little as 2.5 hours to complete, though there is no strict upper or lower limit on how long teams spend on their entries.

Location

The Bright Ideas Challenge is open to schools in Scotland, England and Wales.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmark hitter

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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