Three Year 8 students from Swindon’s Bradon Forest school; Jessica Lomas, Charlotte Martin and Ben Silvester, make up the Subatomic Bradons, the 2016 Regional Winners for the Shell Bright Ideas Challenge competition!
Jessica said: “The challenge was to imagine our world in 2050 and work out how we would solve the energy crisis. Our idea was to find large areas of unused land, such as the Sahara desert, and harness enough solar energy to power other countries.”
Ben added: “We would have ‘fiber optic hubs’ in all the continents and transport energy around the world. The proposal included research in to eco-friendly ways of transporting the energy for minimal impact on the environment.”
Head of Science, Mr Vizor, said of the winning students: “The team produced some very mature writing for 12 and 13 year olds and were worthy of winning any competition. Competitions like these are important as they take science out of the classroom and encourage students to consider the wider world.”
The winning school for each region for the 2016 Bright Ideas Challenge have won £1,500 to super-size their STEM teaching. Students in the winning teams will also receive their own tablet computer and an invitation to join Shell at Make the Future London. The four day festival of ideas and innovation takes place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday 1 July.
The festival will host The Bright Ideas Challenge national final, where we’ll find out who will be crowned national champion, receiving a total of £5,000 for their school!
The team would like to see the winnings spent on a wide range of large equipment to inspire a love of Science even younger students.