We are delighted to reveal the longlisted schools for the Youth Grand Challenges Competition. 

The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) competition that aims to inspire young people to use science and technology to tackle global health issues.

Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, students aged 11-to-19 were asked to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change the world, specifically focused around infectious disease. The best projects will be awarded a variety of money-can't-buy prizes.

The competition was open from January and closed in September. Following the first round of judging from STEM professionals across many fields, we are pleased to announce the successful longlisted schools and their projects: 


‘Drop by drop’ - Oldmachar Academy, Aberdeen 

‘Using vertical gardens to curb carbon dioxide and repel mosquitoes in malarial zones’ - Overton Grange School, Sutton 

‘Stop the spread’ - Felsted Prep School, Essex 

‘Stop the spread’ - Pentrehafod School, Swansea 

‘Stop the spread’ - Cathays High School, Cardiff 

‘Stop the spread’ - Northfield Academy, Aberdeen 

‘Stop the spread’ - Fitzalan High School, Cardiff 

‘Stop the spread’ - Aureus School, Didcot 

‘Stop the spread’ - City of London Academy Highgate Hill, London 

‘Stop the spread’ - Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham 


Flooding Problems - Waingels College, Reading 

Soap or nope?’ - Overton Grange School, Sutton 

Ash or Oil?’ - Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow 

Spread of Diseases’ - Bishop Walsh Catholic School, Birmingham 

‘Malaria’ - Davison CE High School for Girls, Worthing 

Hypovitaminosis A in South-East Asia’ - Davison CE High School for Girls, Worthing 

‘Period sanitation’ - Davison CE High School for Girls, Worthing 

Stopping the spread of malaria’ - IES Breckland, Brandon 

‘Mosquito bites’ - Bradford Girls' Grammar School, Bradford 

Uncompassionate Vampires’ - Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham 


Vaccination: the journey from the laboratory to the world’ - Sheffield High School, Sheffield 

How do we tackle mosquito-borne diseases? - Beauchamp College, Leicester 

What should we be doing to cope with drug resistance in malaria? - Sheffield High School, Sheffield 

Washing with plants’ - Overton Grange School, Sutton 

‘Repelling and trapping insects: protection and prevention’ - Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd 

‘Tithonus mosquito trap’ - Marylebone Boys' School, London 

The PEM hydrogen fuel cell vaccine insulating box’ - Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School, Barnet 

‘“Soap & Suds” toys- Rainford High Technology College, Merseyside 

‘Water sanitation and hygiene' - Davidson CE High School for Girls, Worthing


‘Maximising the use of Ocimum K in mosquito repellence’ - Overton Grange School, Sutton  

‘Reaching the last few’ - Overton Grange School, Sutton   

‘Viva la vaccine’- Overton Grange School, Sutton 

Project MariGold - Bradford Girls Grammar School, Bradford 

Quicker, more efficient diagnosis method for Hepatitis - Our Lady of Sion School, Worthing 

Infectious diseases: pneumonia - Sheffield High School, Sheffield  

‘Guinea worm disease in West Africa: prevention and eradication - Sheffield High School, Sheffield 

To what extent is vaccination the best way to eradicate disease? - Torquay Girls' Grammar School, Torquay 

Completing the cold chain in developing nations - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen 

‘Walk the Talk: the climate change conference’ - Southbank International School, London 

We wish to extend our congratulations to all longlisted students.

The next stage in the competition will involve entrants creating a short video or media file to communicate their projects to our judges. The top 5 projects in each category will be invited to an exciting finalists event in London this December. They will face our panel of experts in global development and international health and the final winners will be awarded the exciting array of prizes.