STEM Challenges

View our range of STEM challenges that can be used for home learning, science and D&T lessons, curriculum enrichment days, STEM clubs and for activities during National Science Week.

Most of the challenges also enable pupils to gain CREST Awards

Practical Action Schools Resource - Floating Garden Challenge

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


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Squashed Tomato Challenge

Squashed Tomato Challenge

A challenge based on a real life problem in Nepal, to design and build a model system that can transport tomatoes.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Regreen the Desert

Regreen the Desert

Our latest STEM challenge will inspire 8-16 year olds to develop solution to irrigate crops for a community in Sudan.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Ditch the Dirt

Ditch the Dirt

An exciting challenge set in Kenya for pupils to ‘clean’ dirty water through making and testing water filters.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Stop the Spread

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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Practical Action Schools Resource - Beat the Flood Challenge

Beat the Flood Challenge

Challenge your pupils to use their STEM skills to design and make a model of home for a community affected by flooding.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Wind Power Challenge

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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Practical Action Schools Resource - Plastics Challenge

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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Practical Action Schools Resource - Solar Challenge

Solar Challenge

This STEM challenge will inspire 8-14 year olds to investigate solar solutions for people living without electricity in Zimbabwe.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Design for a Better World

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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Practical Action Schools Resource - Moja Island

Moja Island

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


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Smoky Homes

Smoky Homes

An exciting STEM project set in Nepal to enable pupils to design and model improved cooks stoves to reduce smoke in the home.


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Practical Action Schools Resource - Global Project Ideas

Global Project Ideas

Support materials for STEM projects linked to the Global goals. Can be used for CREST Awards and extended projects.


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