Solutions for the Planet kicked off the Big Ideas Competition 2019 Regional Finals yesterday with the first, which was held at the University of Glasgow seeing teams from Biggar High School and Larbert High School bring their fantastic ideas to our second ever Scotland Regional Final!
Solutions for the Planet has been so delighted to return to Scotland with the Big Ideas programme with support of business partners SGN, Tarmac and IGEM. This year we worked with three schools, Biggar High School, Larbert High School and Trinity High School and had 26 competition submissions from two of the schools!
The 9 finalist teams have been working tirelessly to put the finishing touches to their business plans and presentations in preparation for their trip to Glasgow. As with all regional final events, judging was a tough job, and our representatives from Tarmac, SGN, and Learning for Sustainability (LfS) Scotland had their work cut out deciding on the top three teams. The judges were very impressed by the teams’ engaging presentations and their cool in the face of challenging questions. However, after much deliberation they reached a decision:
TNG – The Next Generation, Larbert High School: This social media campaign is already gathering momentum as the group encourage young people to re-use and upcycle their old clothing into new outfits, and create new household items such as vases using waste materials like bottles. The judges were impressed by the clever use of social media and its relevance to young people today.
Shelf, Biggar High School: This service was aimed at providing a chip-and-pin card system for homeless people to purchase fresh foods from supermarkets, allowing them access to healthier options in a dignified way. Shoppers can donate tokens from their weekly shop into the system, loading the value on to the cards of all members of the scheme which can then be used to purchase fresh foods. The judges were impressed by the research and the consideration that had gone into this Big Idea.
EcoFumes, Biggar High School: This team are working on an exhaust filter for vehicles that transforms harmful Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions into harmless chalk and steam. The judges loved the experiments and models the team had made as well as their passion for this issue. They are tackling a huge issue, but their solution has the potential for huge impact.
EcoFumes will now develop their idea for the National Final being held at the Palace of Westminster on June 26th.
All of the teams who presented on Thursday did a fantastic job raising awareness of so many different issues including air pollution, marine plastics, alternative energy sources and social issues such as homelessness. We hope to see you continuing to develop your ideas as they are all incredible Solutions for the Planet!
Written by: Kate Kirkwood, S4TP Programme Coordinator, Scotland
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