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

The Little Big Futures has launched!

Cisco and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 which has now been renamed to the Little Big Futures.The Internet of Things is about connecting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues. The Little Big Futures programme is aimed at students aged 11-14 and...

Classroom displays competition: could you be one of this term’s winners?

With the start of the new academic year comes the inevitable classroom of blank display boards.If you would like to give your classroom a new lease of life, then have a look at some of the displays teachers have sent in over the last year.As the term progresses and display boards blossom into being, then why not add...

Tackle the Ultimate STEM Challenge: last year's winners are here to help

Now in its fourth year, BP’s Ultimate STEM Challenge is back with three new challenges on the theme of My Sustainable Future.Students aged 11 to 14 are invited to use their STEM skills to help reduce our impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future. By exploring the practical uses of science, these challenges are designed to inspire young...