Shell Bright Ideas

STEM club has been running for many years now and students are often given the opportunity to compete in various regional, national and international competitions that challenge the students’ abilities within the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The latest competition that the STEM students have been involved in is the Shell Bright Ideas challenge where students are asked to think of a way to make our cities more energy efficient. This could be by inventing a way to generate electricity or use it more efficiently.

Six teams from Cottingham High school entered the competition with some very creative projects for example:
Heating systems using the heat generated from composting food waste, car tyres that generate electricity, electricity generated from salt water and many more.

One team (Unhinged) with Katya Rybchenko and Ellie Northey from Year 7 came up with the idea of generating electricity every time someone pushed open a door. They even used the internal mechanism from a kinetic torch to demonstrate the principle to the judging panel.

The Judges were impressed with all the entries from Cottingham High School however they were so impressed with Unhinged that they were selected as Regional Winners for the competition.

As Regional Winners the school has been awarded £1500 to be spent on our STEM provision and the students Katya and Ellie have won an all-expenses paid trip to London for two nights to take part in 'Make the Future Live', Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation taking place at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The trip also includes some VIP experiences which I look forward to hearing all about when they return.

A fantastic well done to all students who took part in the competition but a special well done to Ellie and Katya who have impressed us all.

Mr Baker
Head of Technology


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