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STEM challenges and awards

A range of different STEM challenges that can be both incorporated into your lessons or be used as the basis for an off-timetable day. Perfect for National Science and Engineering Week.

Beat the Flood challenge

Challenge your pupils to use their STEM skills to design and make a model of home for their community living in a flood-prone region of Watu Island.

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Floating Garden Challenge

Challenge students to find a solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh...how to grow crops even when their land is flooded as a result of climate change

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The Squashed Tomato Challenge

A fun hands-on activity based on a real life problem in Nepal. The challenge: to design and build a model system that can transport tomatoes. Suitable for a CREST in a day award.

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Small Is ... Challenge

Suitable for KS2-4 students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us all lead a more sustainable future.

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Wind Power Challenge

Using scrap materials students design and buid a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height...powered by a hairdryer. Suitable for KS2-5.

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Power for the World

Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine

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Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

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Global CREST challenges

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.

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STEM challenges in schools

We're pleased to share with you the range of ways in which Practical Action's STEM challenges are used in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK. If you have your own story of how you have used any of our challenges that you would like to share, we'd love to hear from you - contact the Education team.

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