Pupils look at technologies from the last 100 years then design a new sustainable technology for the future

Looking for a great challenge for ages 8-14?

Our Small Is…Challenge is based around Practical Action’s founder E.F.Schumacher’s philosophy that small changes can lead to a big impact on people’s lives.

The challenge for students is to look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us all lead a more sustainable future.

Within the further information section, you find examples of students inspirational ideas and how to take the challenge further into regional and national events.

This activity is accredited by the British Science Association as suitable to count towards a CREST Award. For more information about the scheme please go to our CREST pages

Our materials below provide all the support you’ll need to run the challenge. 

For a free full colour copy of the 2 metre technology timeline – email schools@practicalaction.org.uk