New Bus Design Wins Isleworth and Syon Students Prize

Voted best in London in Shell Bright Ideas Challenge

(L-R): Raphael Wreford, Lee Elliston (Teacher), Hafidh Abdalla, Gursharan Singh, Kaname Asaki and Nishant Brahmbhatt.
(L-R): Raphael Wreford, Lee Elliston (Teacher), Hafidh Abdalla, Gursharan Singh, Kaname Asaki and Nishant Brahmbhatt.


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Five students from Isleworth & Syon School have been voted the best team in London in the Shell Bright Ideas Challenge. They were ranked ahead of 130 other schools to win the prize, which earns the school £2,500 to support STEM education.

The competition entry was overseen by Lee Elliston (Deputy Curriculum Leader – Design Technology) for Year 9 students. The Bright Ideas Challenge is a schools’ competition where students imagine creative ideas for how cities of the future might be powered. It is run by Shell with the aim of inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Isleworth & Syon’s entry was submitted by Hafidh Abdalla, Kaname Asaki, Nishant Brahmbhatt, Gursharan Singh and Raphael Wreford. Their idea was to redesign the London Bus from scratch by making a new, modular system of small, spherical-shaped buses that can be joined together depending on the demand. They substituted traditional metal body panels for sustainable 3D-printed materials and also used a hydrogen fuel cell as a power source.

This means that they qualify for the national final, taking place virtually on Monday 12 July. Students also received a facilitated STEM workshop in school, to help the boys prepare a presentation for the national finals.

Diagrams from the boys' winning design
Diagrams from the boys' winning design

Lee Elliston commented, “This competition has been a fantastic way to get the students engaged in real-world issues that actually affect them, all seen through the prism of STEM. Our boys did a fantastic job of expressing their ideas in a way that showcases their creativity and ingenuity.”

Headteacher Euan Ferguson said, “I am very proud of the students that entered this challenge. They are creative thinkers, they have worked hard and deserve to win this prize. It also shows why after-school clubs are so important for us in school. ”

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June 30, 2021

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