Students from Dixons Trinity Academy Win Net Zero Island Competition!

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Students from Dixons Trinity Academy triumphed in an inter-school competition to create a Net Zero island. Organized by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) in collaboration with the University of Bradford, Bechtle, DNV, the SkillsHouse, and Bradford Council, the challenge invited year nine students (ages 13-14) to develop innovative ideas for sustainable living on a fictional Net Zero island.

The Challenge

Teams of up to six pupils tackled the task of providing energy for heating and cooking, managing waste, and fueling transport for a 30,000-strong population without producing carbon emissions. Over eight weeks, students from Dixons Trinity, Woodhouse Grove, and St Bede’s and St Joseph’s schools in Bradford crafted their solutions.

The Event

The University of Bradford hosted the culminating event, where 33 pupils presented their ideas to a panel of judges from NGN, Bechtle, the University of Bradford, DNV, and Bradford Council. The competition featured a Dragon’s Den-style format, with each team pitching their plans.

The Winning Plan

Dixons Trinity Academy’s winning team impressed the judges with a comprehensive plan that included:

  • Energy Production: Free solar panels on every house.
  • Waste Management: Using food waste to generate electricity for over 350 homes annually.
  • Transport Strategy: Walkable cities and e-ferries.
  • Heating Plan: Ensuring every home on the island was heated sustainably.

Quotes and Reactions

Jonathan Robinson, a teacher at Dixons Trinity, praised the students: “They have put a huge amount of work into their island and have spent weeks researching and developing projects at the forefront of net zero science. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishment.”

Neeya, a year nine pupil from the winning team, reflected on the experience: “The competition allowed me to develop my independent research skills, and I enjoyed learning about parts of climate change that we don’t look at in school.”

Exciting Opportunities

All participating pupils are invited to DNV’s Spadeadam Research and Testing facility in Cumbria this June. They will learn about DNV’s research into low carbon technologies and their role in achieving net zero goals.

David Tomkin from DNV commended the students: “The winning team displayed an amazing depth of knowledge about the challenges their ‘net zero island’ would face. The seriousness and dedication shown by all participants were impressive. The future looks bright with such passionate and knowledgeable young minds leading the way.”

Congratulations to All!

Well done to all the students who participated, and a special congratulations to Dixons Trinity Academy for their innovative and inspiring winning entry!