In 2017, the aim of the Schools Science Competition was for teams of school pupils to identify an everyday problem that directly impacts society. They had to come up with a new and innovative scientific solution to tackle this problem.

 The competition was open to teams of pupils from all secondary schools within the Greater London area, with three categories for entry:

  • Years 7-9
  • Years 10-11
  • Years 12-13

To enter, teams had to create a 5 minute film that: briefly outlined the problem; described the solution; explained the science behind the idea; and illustrated how their idea would address the problem.

9 shortlisted teams were invited to deliver presentations at a showcase event at Imperial College London in front of VIP judges and a live audience on 22 March 2017.

The Winners 2017

HBS VexplosionsCongratulations to HBS Vexplosions (pictured above) a team of Year 8 pupils from Henrietta Barnett School: Bathra Dinesh, Sophie Chan Ah Song Anna Ebell, Hetal Mehta and Tahmina Sayfi. The team, who are part of their school’s Robotics Club, developed an idea for a new, light-weight type of exoskeleton.  

 The Runners-Up 2017

The judges also awarded prizes to the following teams:

Newtons Force

Team Newton’s Force (pictured left with judge, Helen Sharman) from The Heathland School, formed of Cameron Creaser, Simrit Sekhon, Thisan Sriranganathan and Alex Stevens. The team’s idea was to adapt gym equipment to supply energy through body movement and to promote healthy living whilst helping the environment.

Team Filter from Hatch End High School, formed of Seiar Ataei, Olachi Akin, Abid Alizada and Alan Yahya. Team Filter tackled the problem of air pollution. Their idea involved the use of underground tesla coils to create a safe, positive field of electrostatic charge in a given radius, to ionise harmful air particulates.


If you have any questions about the competition, or wish your school to be added to our contacts list, please email Rebecca Middleton, Faculty Education Manager at: