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The Bright Ideas Challenge!

The Bright Ideas Challenge: What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question Shell have put to students across the country in their Bright Ideas Challenge. As a department we have had our Year 7 and 8 students working to design their own solutions that could power cities of the future. Due to the high calibre of entries submitted by our students we have decided as a department to pick a winning group per class, who will be shared on the school’s social media accounts next week. A final overall winning group will be entered into the National Bright Ideas Challenge on behalf of the entire school with a chance of winning up to £10,000 for the school, high-tech goodie bags and action-packed educational experiences.

The winning idea for our in-school portion of the competition belongs to class 7MI /IT. “Our turbine will go in a sewage pipe, and every time waste water is run, it will flow through the turbine. As the waste water flows by, the turbine spins around. The turbine converts the energy of the flowing waste water into mechanical energy. The mechanical energy is then converted into electricity by the hydroelectric generator that is attached to the turbine.” This energy would then be shared across local areas. Not only did they research and design their innovative idea, pupils also created a prototype to support their idea. This idea would not only work in the UK, but could be developed for countries with less access to electricity or historical areas that cannot have more modern methods of harnessing green energy, such as solar panels.

Please join us as we wish the pupils good luck with their inventive idea as we wait for the outcome of the Bright Ideas Challenge 2021. For more details of Shell’s Bright Ideas Challenge please visit: www.shell.co.uk and search for “Bright Ideas Challenge”.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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