A STEM challenge that gets pupils thinking about electricity in a real-world context.

Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few villages have access to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements for electricity by different people in a community and make decisions on how a fixed amount of solar cells should be allocated based on needs.

  • Fits the science curriculum and really puts the ‘M’ into STEM
  • Is perfect for STEM clubs, transition from primary to secondary and enrichment days
  • Can be used to gain a CREST award and enter the Big Bang competition
  • Supports pupils learning about the Global Goals (or SDGS)

This challenge is perfect to reinforce a lesson on circuits and renewable energy, or as a STEM club, transition or British Science Week activity. It is accredited for the CREST award scheme and can be used as a project for the Big Bang Competition