Science fest: Imperial College London, held fifth annual science competition

Zinc air power team, presenting its idea
Zinc air power team, presenting its idea

Imperial College London, held fifth annual science competition. The competition invited pupils from secondary schools and for the first time was open to international students. Out of a total of 150 participating teams, from across the globe, seven were chosen to showcase their projects at Imperial College in front of live audience and panel of judges.

The Science steins team
The Science steins team


The competition aims to encourage and motivate young students through fun activities involving the solution of global problems. The competition’s aims were aligned with four of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations ― affordable and clean energy, good health, clean water, and sanitation.

Dr Jess Wade trying out the piezo electric plate
Dr Jess Wade trying out the piezo electric plate


The winning team from Pui Ching Middle School, Macau, presented the idea of Zinc-air batteries, powered from reacting zinc and oxygen. These are not only rechargeable but also have low cost, safe and environment-friendly. But the reaction was carried out in the presence of platinum and palladium which are rare and expensive elements. The team has, therefore, replaced platinum and palladium with Metal-Organic Framework (MOF), a crystalline material composed of a 3D network of metal ions.

ICL Fringe March 2018 | Photo by Owen Billcliffe Photography
ICL Fringe March 2018 | Photo by Owen Billcliffe Photography

Sciencesteins, the runner up team, presented an idea for treatment of polluted water through nanorobots―tiny machines designed to perform a specific task at nano-dimensions. Another team, The Handy-Capable, worked on the challenge of clean and affordable energy: their idea was to place the piezoelectric plates (plates made from materials which accum-ulate electric charge in response to certain mechanical stress) before and after ticket barriers at train stations to power London streetlights.

The winners and runners up won trophies while all participants were given certificates and a Schools Science Competition mug.

The winners and runners up won trophies while all participants were given certificates and a Schools Science Competition mug.
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  1. That’s fantastic! These types pf events needs to be promoted in Pakistan especially in College and Secondary school levels to boost the morals of our passionate youngs.

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