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National school competition 2013


For the 2013 competition, we teamed up with EDF Energy’s the Pod to challenge 5–14 year olds to design a product that is made partly, or entirely, of waste materials. Over 20,000 pupils took part, and over 5,000 posters were entered into the competition. A big thank you to all that took part!

2013 Poster Competition Winners

From poo-powered bikes to robots made of vegetables, some fantastic posters of waste-inspired inventions were entered in our school poster competition. The judging panel had quite a task, but have now selected winning and highly commended posters in each age category.

Well done to all the competitors and winners but especially to Laura Turner, aged 8, whose invention 'The Tin-tastic Watering Machine' was selected as the overall winner across all age categories and has therefore won a session of outreach from the Science Museum for Laura's school!

The winning posters can be seen on our photo carousel at the top of this page. Highly Commended posters can be seen via the links below. 



Rudkin’s Recycle Bins

Gabrielle Rudkin | Home Farm Primary School

Prize: Leapfrog Leap-pad 2

Highly Commended 1

The Fluffer Jacket

Alexa Bird |Valley Primary School

Highly Commended 2

The Sun Reflector for Plants

Jake Coltman | Thomas Whitehead School

Click here to see Junior Highly Commended posters

Intermediate 1

Winner & overall winner of the What a waste competition

The Tin-tastic Watering Machine

Laura Turner | Ballinamallard Primary School

Prize: Leapfrog Leap-pad 2 & a school outreach session from the Science Museum

Highly Commended 1

The Talking Sorting Recycling Bin

Georgia Gent | Yalding CE Primary School

Highly Commended 2

Blankets for Homeless!

Aaron | Atwood Primary School

Highly Commended 3

Compost Heated Greenhouse

Luke Blair | Spratton Hall School

Click here to see Intermediate 1 Highly Commended posters 

Intermediate 2


A Very Green Gym

Arabella Mcfadyen |Sompting Abbotts School

Prize: Kindle Fire

Highly Commended 1

The World in your Bag!

Kieran McCregor |Lytchett Matravers Primary School

Highly Commended 2


Aimee Sharp |Lavenham CP School

Highly Commended 3


Joshua Greaves-Neal |St Andrew's School

Click here to see Intermediate 2 Highly Commended posters



Power Trainers

Freya Wood |Queen's College

Prize: Kindle Fire

Highly Commended 1

Stop! Look! Cook!

Ella Moule Creedy|Waldegrave School for Girls

Highly Commended 2

The KH 4 in 1

Meenakshi Veeramani |Southend High School for Girls

Highly Commended 3

Burning Speed

Lois Brittain |Queen Anne's School

Click here to see Senior Highly Commended posters

Missed out?

While the competition has closed you can still use the resources below to run a fun and easy activity to engage pupils with the science and engineering of waste. 

Teachers notesPupils hand-out

Also, check out our waste-themed activity pack. Created in partnership with the Pod, Waste investigators contains 11 exciting extension activities that are easy to run in home or school.


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