North East Regional Final: 14th May 2018
The second of the Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition 2018 regional finals took place on Monday May 14th in the Centre for Life, Newcastle.
This was a particularly exciting time for S4TP, as it is the first year that the North East has run as a separate region with its own final event. We have had fantastic support from business partners Tarmac, IGEM and Mears Group in this region, all of whom were represented on our judging panel and by business mentors in the audience. We also had a guest judge from CCT for Enterprise.
Our teams from King James I Academy, Corbridge Middle School, Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School and The Oaks Secondary School gave us a fantastic showcase of their Big Ideas and gave our judges a real headache in deciding their top three!
We saw ideas ranging from political campaigns to atmospheric vacuums and desalination plants, and the presentations were delivered with real passion and enthusiasm. After presentations our teams were treated to a star-gazing show in the Centre for Life’s Planetarium and then took part in a short workshop to test out another of our Climate-KIC visual tools. This time teams had to design a newspaper headline from the future, showing the success of their Big Idea and envisioning the steps to this success – again, they proved to us that their imagination and creativity know no bounds!
In third place came Biomass Battery from King James I Academy. These year 8 boys really impressed the judges with their scientific knowledge and had designed a battery fuelled by algae to solve the issue of battery waste and pollution.
Second place went to The Thunders from The Oaks Secondary School, who designed a solar power system which would be fitted to trees, providing light and a source of power to charge cars and other devices. This team brought along a brilliant prototype of their tree and delivered a fantastic presentation.
Our winner in the North East, gaining automatic qualification to the London Finals, was Operation Recraft from Corbridge Middle School. These year 7s have developed a recycling competition in their school where waste is used to create beautiful sculptures and art work. The judges were pleased to see the idea had been tested and that the team had brought in their recycling competition’s winning entry.
This regional final was another fantastic example of the hard work and enthusiasm our teams put into their Big Ideas and our judges had such a tough time deciding on the top three. Once again, we want to remind all teams that whatever the outcome, the ideas we have seen this year are all worthy of recognition. We really hope you all continue to work on your projects and do let us know how you get on!
Best of luck to Operation Recraft at the national final in London!
Written by: Dr. Jess Mitchell, S4TP Programme Coordinator, North England & Scotland
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.