We believe in the power of young people to face the future and its challenges head on, and in the importance of collaboration with business.

Our award-winning Big Ideas Programme connects students with businesses local to them to start conversations around a sustainable future whilst educating a diverse young audience about the many opportunities within the STEM sector.

Solutions for the planet

A climate in crisis, a fragmented society where there is little integration between private business and public services, an unstable jobs market and a STEM sector dominated by white men…big problems need big solutions – and that’s where we come in.

The Big Ideas Programme is a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and enterprise programme focused on finding creative solutions to sustainability issues. The programme is aimed at 11-14-year-olds and is delivered in partnership with our network of Business Partners. Their employees mentor teams of young people in schools, local to them, to develop creative solutions (or ‘Big Ideas’) to sustainability issues the young people themselves deeply care about. These Big Ideas are submitted into our Big Ideas Competition, with Regional Finals held at local universities and the National Final at the Palace of Westminster in London.

By linking together local schools, businesses, universities and other organisations, the programme is a platform for young people’s voices to be heard resulting in ripples of change flowing into businesses and communities from their Big Ideas.

Opportunities for Businesses

Opportunities for Schools

Our Big Ideas Programme Partners

students have participated in the Big Ideas Programme to date


of teachers said the Big Ideas Day encouraged them to be more creative in the way they tackled key issues like sustainability in the classroom


of business mentors believe the programme builds their organisation’s reputation in the local community


Sarah O’Conor

Big Ideas Programme Manager
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Amy Ackroyd

Big Ideas Programme Coordinator

Qaanita Anhu

Big Ideas Programme Coordinator

University & Other Supporters

Big Ideas Blog

CREST Awards and the Big Ideas Programme

CREST Awards and the Big Ideas Programme

What is CREST? CREST is a scheme run by the British Science Association that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. CREST stands for "CREativity in Science and Technology." It is a nationally recognized scheme for student-led project...

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S4TP go offsite on site

S4TP go offsite on site

The Solutions for the Planet team have been lucky enough to visit a couple of our long-standing business partners recently with trips on-site to Tarmac's Asphalt Plant and Northern Gas Networks' Hydrogen Homes and Customer Energy Village. Both trips were like getting...

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