The Big STEM Challenge

The Big STEM Challenge is an inter-schools, curriculum based competition to engage children and young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). There are three age categories – Primary, Secondary and 16 +.

Bullet  Each category project winner will receive a cash prize of £200.

Bullet  All finalists will receive a certificate.

Bullet  Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges and sponsors.

*please note that in the event of a tie the cash prize will be split accordingly.

Closing date for entries: 6 May 2022

Enter project

Primary

Pupils are asked to enter a project in one of the categories below. Entries can be from individuals, groups or whole classes: 

  • Challenge One: Design a natural pest deterrent which could be used to protect crops from a particular pest. E.g. slugs, birds, blackfly.
  • Challenge Two: Research & make an effective packaging material which could be used as an alternative to plastic
  • Challenge Three: Design and create a mode of transport that uses air/ water resistance or levers/ pulleys and gears
  • Challenge Four: Open challenge – pupils get to choose a topic of their choice.

Finalists in this category will be invited to a science fair at Discovery park where they will display their projects and one will become the Primary BIG STEM Champion 2022.

Secondary

Pupils are asked to enter a project in one of the categories below. Entries can be from individuals, groups or whole classes: 

  • Challenge One: Design a physical or virtual solution based on an animal ecosystem which solves a problem in the human world. E.g. Bee hives = modular storage device 
  • Challenge Two: Design your own renewable energy generating device. Describe the source and how it would be harnessed/ conserved and distributed efficiently.
  • Challenge Three: Develop your own skincare product with a specific aim & benefit (e.g. to soothe eczema, reduce scarring, anti aging, anti bacterial etc.)
  • Challenge Four: Open challenge – pupils get to choose a topic of their choice.

Finalists are invited to Discovery Park to present their projects to a “Dragon’s Den” panel of experts for the chance to be named Secondary BIG STEM Challenge winner 2022.

16+

  • Challenge One: Design and develop an invention, device, mechanism or piece of code that solves a problem or improves an individual’s/ communities or environmental situation or challenge.
  • Challenge Two: Open challenge – this could be any STEM based project but MUST have a clear and identified goal and outcome.

Finalists are invited to Discovery Park to present their projects to a “Dragon’s Den” panel of experts for the chance to be named 16+ BIG STEM Challenge winner 2022.

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