Hydro-lock, SBSJ Catholic College, Bradford

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Standing on the left with this team that made it to the 2016 competition final is their local MP Naz Shah. Hydro-lock want to address the problem of drought and water wastage in agriculture. Their Big Idea was to enrich soil with the chemical contained within nappies to increase its water storage capacity. This innovative solution was thought of on their Big Ideas Day and the team worked tirelessly for the next three months to develop their idea for the 2015/16 S4TP competition.

Hydro-lock worked with their science teacher (previously a chemist) to discover the active chemical within nappy fillings was called sodium polyacrylate.  They then contacted BASF who produce the chemical to find out more about it and its safety.

To learn more about how Hydro-Lock used STEM skills and strong team work successfully to develop their idea, click here.



Vitaliite team Do It For Real

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“Most importantly, with every Vitaliite water bottle you purchase, an amount of the profit is donated to WaterAid where they build a water pump on behalf of Vitalite for the less fortunate. At the bottom of the water bottle, there is a QR code which if scanned, takes you to the Vitaliite website which shows you water facts and has case studies of the people YOU have been helping. This clever and unique concept not only shows you how you have been helping others but also benefits yourself. It is the best of both worlds, we like to call it – the light at the end of the well!”

Summary: Going to schools in East London, the girls that make up the Vitaliite team, are all too familiar with the high numbers of cycling accidents that occur every year in the capital. They have developed a smart and innovative LED flashing sports bottle that will alert other road users of their presence by increasing their visibility. 40% of the profits will be donated to a water charity to build water pumps abroad for those who don’t have access to clean drinking water. Further still, there’s a QR code on the bottom of each water bottle, which can take you to their website with information on the communities you have helped by purchasing their bottle. When they arrived at the Solutions for the Planet national competition in July 2016, they already had 500 pre-orders! The team won first place in the national competition in 2016. After winning the national competition, they went on to successfully apply to Do It For Real.

Award amount: £500

School: Quwwat Ul Islam School, Newham, London

Region: South East

Impact: Regional, International

Issues: Cycling Safety, Community Development, Relieving Poverty, Access to Basic Utilities

DWDH team Do It For Real

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We made a visit to one of our local Primary Schools and spoke to the Deputy Head Teacher. At this meeting we explained our product and asked whether the school thinks they waste water. The Deputy Head agreed and said if we are able to collect solid evidence to prove we were saving the schools money and water. She also, said that she would readily buy our product as well as organize a time for us to speak to the children in her primary School.”

Summary: After learning that only 1% of the worlds water is drinkable and that we waste 95% of that, DWDH began thinking about how they could change this. They want to introduce a programme for schools that will reduce water wastage in three separate and distinctive ways. Firstly, all taps in the school that children use will be fitted with a DWDH dripmeter, allowing schools to track their water usage in real time. Second, the DWDH team holds an assembly in the school explaining the issues surrounding water wastage both here and in third world countries. Lastly, the campaign aims to reach the parents of pupils at schools with leaflets full of useful information encouraging more water savings at home.  There is interest in the project, Thames Water and a local primary school are both keen to see a prototype. With the correct support structure and approach, we expect big things from team DWDH.

School: Plashet school for girls, East Ham

Region: South East

Impact: Regional

Issue: Water wastage

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.