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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.

The Solar Challenge

If you are looking for a STEM challenge that get pupils thinking about electricity in a real-world context then we think you will love our new Solar Challenge. Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few villages have acess to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements for electricity by different peopl...

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Global Project Ideas

Ideas and support materials for STEM projects linked to the Global Goals. Can be used for CREST awards and extended projects.

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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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CREST Awards

Support materials for the British Science Association's CREST awards

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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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Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ditch the Dirt

An exciting NEW challenge for pupils to 'clean' dirty water through making and testing water filters.

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