BP Ultimate STEM Challenge announces finalists

Eleven teams from 10 secondary schools across the UK have made it to the final of the national STEM competition

BP has announced the eleven finalist teams in its Ultimate STEM Challenge 2019.

This year’s challenge asked students between the ages of 11 and 14 to put their STEM skills to the test by creating an innovative design solution to an everyday problem.

Finalists will present their project and prototype to a panel of judges at the Science Museum in London on 13 May, as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge Science Fair.

The winning team will receive a prize of £1,000 for their school, as well as a range of Science Museum goodies. Two highly commended teams will also receive a prize, as well as a prize for ‘best stand’ at the Science Fair.

It was a difficult task to select the finalists from such a range of inspiring projects. Congratulations to all the finalists.
– Gill Collinson, STEM Learning

All finalists will receive a bronze CREST award, which is a recognition of STEM project work from the British Science Association.

Gill Collinson, head of centre and programmes at STEM Learning, said: “We were thrilled to see all the creative ideas that students came up with. We had a record number of entries all this year, some big and some small.

“It was a difficult task to select the finalists from such a range of inspiring projects. Congratulations to all the finalists.”

A range of solutions made it into the final round of the competition, impressing judges with their ingenuity. Some entries included a vibrating hearing aid insert, zero-waste teabags, and a drainpipe generator.

Finalists are:

  • Armadillo – Colyton Grammar School, Colyton, Devon
    An automatic tuner that tunes flutes while musicians play, saving time for students learning to play the instrument.  
  • BHair – Bredon Hill Academy, School, Evesham, Worcs
    A wearable device that includes a watch, pedometer, heart rate monitor and inhaler that allows asthma sufferers to never be without their medication.
  • Drainpipe Generator – Wilmslow High School, Wilmslow, Cheshire
    The drainpipe generator is just what it says it is, a generator in a drainpipe. The generator will be used to produce energy to charge a range of objects. It will fit into any drainpipe on any building as the design is scalable.
  • Eco Life – Kingsbury High School, Kingsbury, London
    A recycling invention that will make it easy for households to separate their recycling. The Eco-life invention uses an infrared scanner that can identify different types of materials and sort them into the correct bins.
  • Gravity Generator – Colyton Grammar School, Colyton, Devon
    An efficient electric generator which requires minimal resource so it can be an aid to people living in low-income countries to charge all batteries for any use.  
  • I.D.S – Walton Priory Middle School, Stone, Derbyshire
    A hearing aid which helps people with hearing impairments enjoy themselves in crowded places such a school disco or a wedding. Hearing aids normally magnify all noise so it is hard to hear the music. H.I.D.S have invented a vibrating insert which will help to solve this problem.
  • Marianca and Kirsten – Wimbledon High School, Wimbledon, London
    No-waste teabags created with tea leaves and the vegan gelling agent Agar Agar, which instantly melts on contact with hot water. The disposable teapods will cut down on waste and plastic as teabags contain a plastic lining.
  • SAS – Tiffin School, Kingston, Surrey
    An enhanced landfill mining scheme that sees current landfill reclaimed, and recovers valuable recyclable materials. The scheme will also include the creation of a new-age landfill.
  • SJ Tooth Putty – Woodford Schools for Girls, Redbridge, Essex
    An improved tooth guard system using Alginate which will improve the use of mouthguards at home.
  • Sopya – Blundells School, Tiverton, Devon
    A measuring device for coffee machines that measures cups before pouring making it suitable for any cup, cutting down on plastic pollution and one-use cups.
  • The Jeffs – Richard Hale School, Hertford, Herts
    A handheld torch glove that solves the impracticality of carrying a bulky torch and gloves. This torch glove not only gives warmth but also projects LED light over a large area.

More information about the Ultimate STEM Challenge can be found at bpes.bp.com/stem-challenge/ultimate-stem-challenge