Three students from year eight at Rushcliffe School in West Bridgord – Omar Malik, James Pizzey and Amarveer Johal – have been recognised as the East Midlands winner in Shell’s schools competition, the Bright Ideas Challenge.
The top-class trio recently travelled to London to take part in the national finals.
Students were tasked with using their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to come up with creative solutions to the energy challenges that cities will face in 2050.
The school received £2,500 that will go towards promoting STEM at Rushcliffe School.
The students also received cash vouchers, plus a funded VIP winners’ experience in London which included a prototyping workshop at Imperial College.
Dan Danaher, head of Physics at the school, said: “Taking place in a state-of-the-art makerspace, led by experts, the workshop was a hands-on opportunity for students to take their winning idea, the use of thermoelectric generators to reduce energy losses from wind turbines, to the next level.
“As regional winners, they also presented their ideas to judges, got practical tips from a science communications workshop and had the opportunity to meet maths expert and TV celebrity Rachel Riley.
“The team from Rushcliffe did a brilliant job over the two days and were named as one of the five best teams in the country, narrowly missing out on being crowned national winners.’
You can find out more about the challenge at shell.co.uk/brightideaschallenge.