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

Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few people have access to mains electricity, pupils aged 8-14 years investigate how to make different electrical 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.

The Solar Challenge:

  • Fits the science curriculum and really puts the ‘M’ into STEM
  • Is perfect for STEM clubs, transition from primary to secondary and enrichment day
  • Supports pupils learning about the Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals).

All the teaching materials you need to run The Solar Challenge are free to download below. If you need any STEM equipment including solar cells, TTS have developed a bespoke Solar Challenge kit. This can be loaned from the One World Centre. Details under further information below.

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