Time to step up!



Your mission, as a team or individual (Y5 or P6), is to propose and present a creative invention to help your school achieve Net Zero. This could relate to energy (think about how you could reduce the amount of energy your school uses or make the energy you do use greener) or transportation (think about how you could improve the way you get to school) or infrastructure (think about how you could improve your school building).

Along with an experienced mentor from Atkins, N-Z0 will provide you with the information you need to understand the challenges of achieving Net Zero. This will help to inform your solution.

The 2022/23 Net Zero Superheroes
Competition is now LIVE

In 2023, we are running a UK-wide school competition from 1st to 31st March. There will be a strict submissions deadline on Friday 31st March, however the start date is flexible and can be moved earlier if that works better with your schedule.

Pupils will work either individually or in teams of up to five to submit their invention in either poster or video format. Atkins mentors will be available to run educational, interactive sessions with participants and help pupils to develop their submissions either in person or virtually depending on location. The top submissions will then be shortlisted and invited to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts with exciting prizes up for grabs. The panel will take place on Wednesday 26th April.

For full details of when the competitions take place and what would be involved for your school or organisation, please see the flyer opposite.

Register here!

If you’re interested in taking part, please fill in our registration form which can be found at the following link:
Net Zero Superheroes Competition 2023 – Schools Registration (office.com).

If you have any questions about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address: ENZSchools@atkinsglobal.com.

If you’re unable to take part in the competition but would like to learn more about other Engineering Net Zero STEM activities which Atkins has to offer, please also get in touch with us at the email address above.

Net Zero Teaching Resources

If your school would like access to Net Zero teaching resources, we have a range of lesson guides, slide packs and activity sheets which we can share. Please get in touch with us at: ENZSchools@atkinsglobal.com.

Read about our 2021/22 Net Zero Superheroes Competition

During our 2021/22 competition, Atkins successfully worked with 43 different schools (over 2000 school pupils in total). Over 200 entries were received from teams of up to 5 and finalists got the chance to present their ideas to the panels of judges.

Scotland/Northern Ireland Competition

The judging panel for our Scotland/Northern Ireland competition consisted of Ross Glendenning (Director, Atkins Transportation), Laura Paterson (People & Organisational Development Director, Net Zero Technology Centre), Steven Fraser (Practice Director, Atkins Transportation) and Vitor Magueijo (Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde), and we were also joined by our client Alan Marshall (Transport Scotland).

Individual Winner: Zach, St John’s RC Primary School, Scotland

Idea: Zach designed 7 marker characters who all have different roles to all work together to meet Net Zero (Water, Wind, Engineer, Electric, Brainy, Heat and Nature) – came up with 3 ideas presented in poster format:

-Using wasted heat from radiators to create electricity

-Creating energy from the tarmac in the playground when it heats up in the sun

-Use flushing toilets to spin a water turbine to create electricity

Prize: School trip to local Whitelee Wind Farm, where Zach’s full class got a tour around the UK’s largest onshore wind farm (540MW capacity), as well as a workshop on the topic of wind power and Net Zero

School Trip to Whitelee Wind Farm

Group Winner: Thea-Ellis, Isabella, Lola, Emily and Fraya, St Anne’s Primary School, Northern Ireland

Idea: The team presented a PowerPoint titled “How we can reduce carbon” which was full of different ideas including growing their own food, turning off their lights, looking after the trees in their school, and taking greener modes of transport to school. The judges were particularly impressed by the pupils’ preparation for the judging panel and answers they gave to the judges’ questions.

Prize: School trip to local W5 Science Museum for the whole class

Spot Prize Winner: Morrison’s Academy, Scotland

Prize: £200 Cash prize

England/Wales Competition

The judging panel consisted of James Holbrook (Environmental Compliance Manager, Hinkley Point C), Laura Finney (Innovation Lead, Innovate UK), Sarah Long (Strategy and Business Development Lead, Atkins Net Zero Energy Business) and Solmaz Parsa (Energy and CCUS Programme Manager, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UK Government)).

Individual Winner: Jacob, High Down Junior School, England

Idea: “The Super Roundabout” – converting kinetic energy from the roundabout into electricity

Prize: Jacob received a solar construction kit and a STEM related book of his choice. The school received a £350 Gift Voucher for local book shop ‘Books on the Hill’. The school has used this gift voucher to purchase new STEM/Net Zero/sustainability related books for their school library.

Jacob with Individual Prizes 

Jacob, Louis and William with School Library Books 

Group Winner: Poppy, Faith, Lilly & Isabella, High Littleton Primary School, England

Idea: “The Funnel” – a CCUS invention

Prize: The winning team members each received a £25 gift voucher for Rapanui Clothing which is a sustainable clothing brand based on the Isle of Wight powered by renewable energy. School received a £350 cash prize which will be used for improvements of the school’s pond.

Poppy, Faith, Lilly & Isabella (left), School Pond (right)

Second Place: Victoria, Sean, Maiya & Lois, Upton Junior School, England

Idea: “Natural Multitasker” – a GPS robot which can plant and grow trees and make paper with fallen leaves

Prize: £300 Cash prize for sustainable school resources


Victoria, Sean, Maiya & Lois with certificates

Spot Prize Winner: Elmlea Junior School, England

Prize: £200 Cash prize for sustainable school resources

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