S4TP Big Ideas Finals 2017 – Press release

Young entrepreneurs featured in the Solutions for the Planet (S4TP) national finals where they shared their ideas to key challenges affecting our planet.

Solutions for the Planet is a science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) programme with a focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship. It is delivered in partnership with companies, who support teams of students in KS3 to generate solutions or ‘Big Ideas’ to sustainability issues. These Big Ideas are submitted to a competition with finals at the Houses of Parliament in London.

While ‘Bin it to Win it’, a team of three girls from Pudsey Grangefield School in West Yorkshire (pictured left), won the 2017 national final – held in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 5 July and all teams presented fantastic ideas confidently, professionally and passionately in front of their peers, teachers, business mentors, judges and local MP’s

The Green Musketeers (pictured below) from Greenacre Academy, is a year seven all-boys team from Kent. They were one of the youngest teams in the final and were highly commended for their idea to create a dome full of trees and human friendly animals to raise money to protect jungles. Their mentor is Property and Estates Co-ordinator, SGN Jodie Carroll. Jodie said: “Young people, especially women should be introduced to STEM subjects from a young age because they are very important and build the foundations for an interesting and challenging career for both boys and girls.

“Working with the students was a fantastic experience because I could watch them all grow as individuals and challenge themselves throughout the process.”

‘Bin it to Win it’ won the final with the brilliant idea to create a rewards-based app and game to encourage young people to recycle. Their teacher, Subject Leader of Business, HSC and Psychology Sarah Boyes, said: “STEM subjects tend to be typically male dominated which is concerning because our current economy is very much STEM based. The jobs of the future and the competitive advantage of the country relies on the future generation being able to innovate and generate ideas faster and of a better quality than other economies. Programmes like this help to ensure that girls are a part of this movement.

“The girls have developed a really strong sense of self belief, they truly feel that they can go out and conquer the world and intend to do so.”

Jen Baughan, CEO at Solutions for the Planet, said: “The confidence that the young people have developed and their belief in their ideas is fantastic, and it’s down to the dedication and commitment from them, their immensely supportive teachers and mentors from our partner organisations. The young people demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, presentation skills and teamwork that they will carry with them into their future careers.”

We’d like to say a huge thanks to your business partners Tarmac, the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and Brammer and Buck and Hickman act as business mentors to support and develop students’ ‘Big Ideas’.

Over 3,400 secondary students from 26 schools across West Yorkshire, West Midlands and the South East joined the Solutions for the Planet ‘Big Ideas’ programme in 2016/17. The programme aims to build innovation partnerships between young people, businesses and communities and get the young people interested in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) subjects.


Hyper Monkeys from Heath Park School in Wolverhampton