Innovative school projects ranging from wearable air quality detectors to a multi-purpose eco-friendly park bench have been shortlisted as finalists for the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition.
Fifteen finalists from across the UK have been selected to attend the finals of the national STEM initiative. The Competition called for young people between the ages of 11 and 19 to come up with creative solutions to one of the four Grand Challenges that feature in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy: Artificial Intelligence & Data, Future of Mobility, Clean Growth and Ageing Society.
Participants could enter the Competition as a team or individually into one of three categories: Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
Youth Industrial Strategy Competition project manager Caitlin Brown says she is thrilled with the response and the quality of the entries.
“We have been blown away to see how creatively all of the entrants have engaged with the Grand Challenges,” she said.
“There have been lots of amazing ideas around solving some of the biggest problems affecting our lives today. The range and breadth of projects has been incredible. We’ve had entries that are as diverse as an air quality sensor badge that will provide the cleanest and healthiest walking route to school through to a project that focused on the value of hydroponics over traditional fertiliser-based food production.”
“We are really looking forward to seeing the finalists display and talk about their work at the Competition finals at the Big Bang Fair in March, before the winners are announced in British Science Week.”
Other finalists include a small-scale hydro-electric generator that sits within the mains pipe to create 24/7 electricity, a hydroponics scheme using fish waste to create lettuce, an electronic organiser to support those with early stage dementia, and interchangeable electric car batteries.