Year 7 students reach London final!

We are delighted that three of our Year 7 pupils, Muhsin Mehrban, Ferhan Hussain and Mujtabaa Nassar have reached the national final of the S4TP (Solutions for the Planet) Big Ideas Competition, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) competition, which will take place at the Palace of Westminster later this month.

The Big Ideas Competition challenges students to propose innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial solutions to environmental and societal problems. Teams from 169 schools across the country submitted their ideas and we were incredibly proud that two of our teams reached the North England Regional Final, which was held at the University of Leeds in May. The teams presented their ideas to an audience of 75, including five judges from industry and academia, resulting in a place in the national final for team LoveLife and a special commendation for team Kinetic Shoes.

The LoveLife team decided to address the problem of cardiovascular disease, specifically looking at a way of detecting the early symptoms of cardiovascular problems. Over the course of five months the students developed the LoveLife health monitoring device, along with their business plans and supporting presentations. Linked to an app, the LoveLife device is worn on the wrist and checks body heat, heart rate/ECG and sugar levels and can also automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a medical crisis. 

The competition is organised by S4TP (Solutions for the Planet) a social enterprise that promotes sustainable development and STEM careers for young people. Students taking part are able to develop their ideas with the support and guidance of business mentors primarily from the energy, waste, manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors.

Throughout the process, the LoveLife team have been mentored by Scott Rawlings of Tarmac, a leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company. Scott has shared his knowledge and expertise throughout the development of the product, covering: market research, competition, sustainability, costs, income and networking.

To learn more about our students' involvement in the competition and to view their promotional video visit: S4TP Big Ideas Competition 2019