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The top 9 teams of the FoNS Schools Science Competition will be invited to present their idea at a showcase event in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The competition winners will each receive individual prizes, will be given the opportunity to visit a world-leading science facility in the UK: the Diamond Light Source synchrotron (, and will also have the chance to take part in Imperial Festival 2017. If you’re interested in attending, just email


Dr Helen Sharman
Dr Helen Sharman
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London & the first Briton in space
Dr Simon Foster
Dr Simon Foster
Department of Physics, Imperial College London & SKY TV’s ‘Duck Quacks Don’t Echo’
Professor Lord Robert Winston
Professor Lord Robert Winston
Professor of Science and Society & Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College London


These are our finalist teams and the problems they’ve identified and chosen to tackle! Hover over the boxes to find out what innovative solutions they’re proposing in response to these problems.

Year 7-9


Methane gas is a major greenhouse gas. Very little is done to reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere.

Saint Martha’s School

Various ideas for reducing emissions, including campaigns around eating less meat, shopping locally etc.

HBS Vexplosions

Cancer, which affects the lives of 1 in 2 people in the UK, is the main cause of limb removals. Exoskeletons are expensive machines, but crucial to human well-being.

Henrietta Barnett School

Our new exoskeleton design is lightweight, making it cheaper and less intensive of the world’s resources. Our Lithium-ion battery offers efficient power supply, and the skeleton is attached to the spinal cord.

Highams Park School

The amount of pollution caused by large oceangoing ships as they move around the world (e.g cruise and cargo ships)

Highams Park School

Our new and innovative solution is to design ships with propeller (connected to a turbine) that can be used to generate electricity due to the motion of the vessel through the water.

Year 10-11

Gwen and Omisha

Caught in the wild without a mobile phone charger

Bullers Wood School

Use piezoelectrics to generate current to recharge a phone from the movement of the wearer

Newton’s Force

The use of non- renewable energy whilst helping to solve the growing problem of obesity

The Heathland School

Adapting gym equipment to supply energy through body movement and to promote healthy living whilst helping the environment.

Streatham Girls

Purification and storage of clean water in third world countries

Streatham and Clapham High School

Using solar power to pump water to a condenser system, then storing before use in areas with poor access to clean water.

Year 12-13


Since the turn of the century, air pollution has been a huge problem in the world, especially in countries that manufacture and export goods such as China.

Hatch End High School

Underground tesla coils will create a safe, positive field of electrostatic charge in a given radius, to ionise harmful air particulates.


Global warming is an important issue that we need to address, we are running out of non-renewable energy sources and therefore we need to find new untapped resources of energy.

James Allen’s Girls School

We have come up with an ingenious way to use sound from loud public places to generate ELECTRICITY! Our solution is a new product that uses the generator effect and resonance to produce electricity.


The threat of an immense X-Class solar flare is imminent, in fact we are 8 years overdue, according to recent research. This could have catastrophic effects on today's modern society.

Chelsea Academy

Using polymer based materials to create a lightweight alternative to traditional shielding materials, ideal for use in wires.