2021 Central Belt Scotland & North England Black Regional Final Results!

On Tuesday 8th June our teams from schools across Central Belt Scotland & North England attended the first day of the Big Ideas Competition 2021 Regional Finals!

This year, the teams presented their Big Ideas virtually, via Zoom, directly from the schools themselves. Each team presented in front of a panel of judges made up of our amazing business partners, S4TP staff, and our expert young people!

The second event was the Black Regional Final, where 8 teams presented, from the following schools: Kingsmeadow Community SchoolOutwood Academy Freeston, and North Durham Academy.  Each team delivered a 5-minute presentation and then answered questions from the judging panel.

The judges included representatives from our business partners – Jenny Wilkinson from NGNGas and Kevin Holden from Mears Group, as well as guest judges Michael Atkins, and Yvana Ferreira!

The results were announced as follows:

Special Commendation:

Sessions on Depression, Kingsmeadow Community School:

“Our Big Idea is tackling issues around young people’s mental health.  It is a service that will do bake sales, clubs and reach into social media to ensure people are having a good day – hopefully everyday!”

Runners Up:

Energy Importance, Kingsmeadow Community School:

A waste reduction campaign, persuading people using statistics to show what they can save.

Save Our Earth, Kingsmeadow Community School:

A gaming app to raise awareness about global warming.  All profits from  products bought from the app go towards efforts and organisations fighting global warming.


Waste Warriors, North Durham Academy :

“A community garden where people can bring their scrap food. We will then grow it and if it is not suitable to be re-grown, we can put it in a compost heap. When our vegetables and fruit are ready, we can give back to people who have donated with fresh vegetables. Which in turn we will receive waste from. With leftover harvest, we will give to the people in need. We will encourage local schools to work with us and see if we can get local restaurants and supermarkets to donate product also.  Our project is based on food waste and education.”

Waste Warriors are now through to the National Final which will take place as a Zoom event on the 23rd of June!

We wish Waste Warriors the best of luck as they prepare for the National Final. We also want to congratulate ALL the students who presented on Tuesday – the standard of ideas and presentations was incredibly high, and it was a wonderful way to begin our Regional Final season!

Written by: Jen Baughan

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