Thermofield, Dixons City Academy, Bradford

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This team came third place at the 2016 competition final. They want to revolutionise gas camping stoves into electromagnetic stoves powered by solar panels. This team have anticipated the advance in technology of solar panels as a means of either charging batteries for stoves to run on, or directly powering the stoves themselves. With an impressive exclusively battery powered electro-magnetic stove they were able to demonstrate the science and wow the judges. Already in talks with Bradford University and the solar panel company, Solec, the team want to have a working prototype while the technology progresses.

E-Waste, Alderbrook School, Solihull

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This team came second in the 2016 competition final, with an adapted food waste bin helping households track how much food they waste. Their bin, with an electric weighing scale, connects to an app sending push notifications to user’s phones if wastage levels become too high. Also included in the app is a game for children to learn about the issue of food waste. After giving a strong presentation, clearly outlining the benefits of this product, it became clear this team is on the road to success.

Vitaliite, Quwwat Ul Islam School, Newham

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Vitaliite won first place in the 2016 competition final. The team wanted to combat poor conditions of drinking water in less economically developed countries whilst simultaneously tackling the high rate of road accidents involving cyclists in the UK. Their water bottle has LED lights to alert road users of cyclists and joggers presence, with a percentage of the profits from the sales of water bottles going to WaterAid. The idea was well developed and the product was ready to take to market with 500 pre-orders made.

2016 Finalists Announced… See you in London! by S4TP Team

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After incredibly tight semi-finals, 11 teams from across the national competition have been selected to present their Big Ideas at the Palace of Westminster. We are delighted to announce the Solutions for the Planet 2016 Finalists…


Hydro Lock – St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College, Yorkshire.

Thermofield – Dixons City Academy, Yorkshire.

Re-Read – Plashet School, South East.

Vitaliite – Quwwat Ul Islam School, South East.

Pulse – Pedmore Technology College, West Midlands.

Visionaries – Alderbrook School, West Midlands.

Synergie – Plashet School, South East.

Garbage Savers – Longfield Academy, South East.

Many Menus – Heath Park School, West Midlands.

Electrobreezy – Tong High School, Yorkshire.

Aqua Lock – Alderbrook School, West Midlands.

Congratulations to all our semi-finalists!