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STEM challenges and awards

A range of different STEM challenges that can be both incorporated into lessons or used for transition, curriculum enrichment day, parental engagement  or a STEM club.

Also perfect for National Science  Week.

Most STEM challenges are accreditied for the CREST discovery award.

Stop the Spread

A STEM challenge enabling pupils to investigate how to stop the spread of infectious diseases and build a hand-washing device.

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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.

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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

Pupils 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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Design For A Better World

A new design challenge and competition for students to develop an idea for a technology that will address a Global issue.

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Wind Power Challenge

In this STEM challenge pupils look at wind power then design and build a simple wind powered machine to lift a cup off the floor.

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Plastics Challenge

Pupils find out more about the properties of plastics and come up with solutions to problems caused by waste plastics globally.

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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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Water for the World

Pupils look at access to water, the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then build their own water filter.

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Pumpkins Against Poverty

Our latest resource offering a range of cross curricular activities for primary schools based on growing pumpkins in Bangladesh.

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Small Is ... Challenge

Suitable for students 7-14 years, looking at technologies from the last 100 years and inventing a product for a more sustainable future.

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Design challenge : Water harvester

A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

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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

Support materials for the British Science Association's CREST awards on global issues including water, energy 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.

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Smoky Homes

An exciting new STEM project to enable pupils to design and model improved cooks stoves and hoods.

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