Pupils make national finals with green energy plan

PUBLISHED: 17:11 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 29 June 2016

St Olaves School in Orpington

St Olaves School in Orpington


Schools were asked to come up with ideas to power the cities of tomorrow

An Orpington school has made the finals of a national science competition to come up with ideas to power the cities of tomorrow.

St Olave’s Grammar School won £1,500 to improve its science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) lessons after being named regional winner for London in Shell’s Bright Ideas Challenge last month.

The school is now in with a chance of winning a £5,000 national prize, which will be announced at a four-day festival of ideas running from June 30 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Pupils between the ages of 11 and 14 came up with an idea to increase the supply of clean and affordable energy by installing wind turbines made from modified bamboo.

While growing, the bamboo would remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide more green spaces in future cities.

The team hoped that creating turbines made from natural, attractive and biodegradable materials would encourage more people to support wind turbines.

Aydın Onac, headmaster of St Olave’s, commented: “Our students are really fired up with enthusiasm for science and technology. They are already thinking about the exciting new frontiers that will herald the industrial revolutions of the 21st Century – energy generation and storage, genetics, human health and longevity, artificial intelligence and robotics, space exploration, and so on.

“Competitions like The Bright Ideas Challenge offer great encouragement and the opportunity for schools like St Olave’s to showcase student creativity. We are delighted to see our boys reach the final and look forward to following their progress with great interest.”

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