Competitions and challenges

Getting students involved in competitions and challenges are a fantastic way of engaging them with STEM subjects, whilst building their confidence, teamwork and practical skills.

Whether they form part of your lessons or are completed during STEM Clubs, pupils of all ages can get involved. 



    Students are invited to take part in the Ultimate STEM Challenge.

    With a choice of three challenges on the theme of sustainability, be a part of inspiring young people with the world of STEM.

    AGE RANGE: 11-14

    Get involved


    A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. 

    This competition offers students a unique opportunity for students to have a practical experience of a real space project.

    AGE RANGE: 14-19

    Applications for 2017/18 are now closed.

  • CISCO Little Big Futures


    The Little Big Futures has launched! Cisco and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 to now be Little Big Futures with a collection of five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and for STEM Clubs.

    These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life and give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.   

    AGE RANGE: 11-14

    Get involved

Competitions for teachers


    An extremely popular competition,  share your classroom display and inspire others.

    Upload your display before 15th December 2017, and you will be entered into a competition to win £100 worth of gift vouchers.

    AGE RANGE: 4-11

    Enter your display


    Share your classroom display and ideas and by doing so you can help to inspire others and hopefully save them some time!

    The closing date for entry is 15 December 2017 and six lucky winners will receive £100 worth of vouchers

    AGE RANGE: 11-16

    Enter your display

Latest updates

Don’t forget to enter the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

The deadline for entering the Ultimate STEM Challenge is fast approaching, make sure you enter your team before the 12 January 2018.Now in its fourth year of running, the Ultimate STEM Challenge aims to build confidence and team working skills in students. It is also the perfect way to inspire students with STEM...

Exploring the world creatively: teachers share their experiences of the Ultimate STEM Challenge

The Ultimate STEM Challenge invites 11-14 year old students to put their STEM skills to the test.With the entry deadline for this year’s competition fast approaching, we chatted to some schools that took part in last year’s challenge who told all about how the competition has impacted them and their students.Transforming students’ lives at Bohunt SchoolThe...

Cisco Little Big Futures: win an Internet of Things Explorer Kit

To celebrate the launch of Cisco’s Little Big Futures, we’re giving you the chance to win one of these Internet of Things Explorer Kits.To get involved, all you need to do is tweet a photo of you, your colleagues or your students working on any of the Little Big Futures one hour resources. Make sure to use the hashtag...