STEM Challenges

STEM Challenges

  • The BP Ultimate STEM Challenge will be launching for a forth year on 1 September 2017. The competition invites students aged 11 to 14 across the UK to solve real-world challenges and compete for some exciting new prizes! Give your students a head start by signing up now to be the first to know.

  • The Little BIG Awards is a STEM-based challenge about the 'Internet of Things'. Young people aged 11-14 in schools across the UK are invited to design a product or service which connects things together to make a difference in their everyday lives. Watch the promotional video to learn more and STEM Ambassadors  and Schools who are interested in taking part are invited to register their interest via the Little Big Awards website.

  • The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work. The competition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent).

  • Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. The organisation offers a number of STEM challenges that can be incorporated into lessons or be used as the basis of an off-timetable day. Find out more here.

  • Tomorrow's Engineers have launched the EEP Robotics Challenge. Schools across the country are invited to take on a robotics challenge that will see student teams involved in 'space missions'. Teamwork, robots,design, research, fun and loads of LEGO® are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes. Find out more here
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, via its experimentation hub, is inviting students to participate in a global challenge called Mission Starlight and share their data with students around the world. The mission is to stop UV light harming an astronaut. What materials work best? Do they have the right properties for a spacesuit? How about an astronaut’s visor? Click here for further information.
  • Forensic Outreach is launching a free worldwide STEAM competition for schools (students aged 11 to 16) designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge of art history, science, mathematics and cryptanalysis to solve the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci's real-life missing painting: The Battle of Anghiari.  Teachers will download a challenge bundle, containing a lesson plan, worksheets and other resources. Groups must work through the challenge provided and submit answers to questions accessible through a virtual classroom. To register your interest to participate:

  • PA'S new Raspberry Pi Competition is now open for 2015/2016. This year they are challenging students to use the Raspberry Pi to drive innovation in sport and leisure. From creating wearable performance-monitoring technology through to developing a crowd-control app for use in stadiums, your imagination really is the limit!  See the website for more details and to register interest. 
  • The James Dyson Foundation has a range or resources designed to introduce students to design and engineering. Their range of 52 challenge cards will stretch your brains, get you hands on and help you to develop the skills you need to be a design engineer. They’ve been tested by kids – and thought up by the design engineers at Dyson.

  • Register now for I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! Your students talk online with scientists over a 2 week period and vote for their winner. Students become more enthused about science, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and see that scientists are normal people. It runs in March, June & November and is completely free for schools. More info at or contact

  • The STEM Challenges were ten extension activities inspired by London 2012. Although the closing date has passed and you can’t enter them as competitors, all the materials are still available. Why not run the challenge in your STEM club?