Floating Garden Challenge
A STEM Challenge that addresses how food can be grown on land that is flooded in Bangladesh
A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 (age 7-19) pupils
The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before. Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis. The result is families go hungry.
The challenge: to design and build a model structure that will enable farmers to grow crops even in an area that may become flooded.
The challenge can provide a focus for National Science and Engineering Week, be used as a STEM or science club activity, enhance a lesson on floating and sinking, form the basis of an enrichment day, provide an activity for SEAL and PLTS and be the starting point for a range of cross-curricular activities.
This activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST Star or Discovery Award. For more information about the scheme please visit their website.
Please request one of our full A2 posters (UK only) or download below
A guideline to support teachers to run the challenge with a group of pupils.
A presentation to introduce and support the Floating garden challenge for primary and secondary schools
Notes for teacher's to help make the most of the presentation to introduce and run the Floating garden challenge.
Starter activity image sheets
Images of flooding and drought in the UK and Bangladesh to prompt discussion around global changing weather patterns.
Pupil activity sheets
Worksheets that enable pupils to record their research, design ideas and evaluation activities.
Student congratulations certificates
Certificates awarded to the group of pupils whose floating garden has supported the most weight.
Student well done certificates
Certificates awarded to pupils who've completed the Floating garden challenge.
Floating garden challenge poster
Floating garden challenge English poster with EC logo
Video showing how floating gardens help families during the floods
Images to support the Floating Garden Challenge
You're welcome to use our any of our great pictures from our project work in Bangladesh to support the challenge. We've uploaded them to Flickr for you to access here.
To find out more about floating gardens in Bangladesh please go to our main website
For a technical brief on how to make a real floating garden go to Floating Gardens in Bangladesh
To help students explore the concept of technology justice further we have a range of short group activities.
To find more about how schools are using the Floating Garden Challenge visit our Challenges in Schools site.