What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question put to students aged 11-14 by The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell’s cross-curricular schools’ competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition invites young people to use their creativity, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With over £45,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!
The Bright Ideas Challenge is designed to spark young people’s curiosity in science and engineering and to help schools deliver the curriculum in a fun and engaging way. The resources have also been aligned to careers strategies across the UK, making it even easier to provide quality STEM careers inspiration in the classroom.
Delivered free of charge by the IET in 68 schools and 12 academic partner universities – as well as further events available as requested by funders and sponsors – the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students.
IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association has developed the TDI Challenge to promote the great design and technology and engineering work of teachers and students.
The aim of the competition is to promote STEM skills and help the technology industry better understand the challenges faced in education and how the industry can assist through collaboration.
There are four categories you can enter:
individual student aged 14-16
individual student aged 17-19
student group (3-6 members) aged 14-16
student group (3-6 members) aged 17-19
The winners of each category will win prizes such as an iPad or GoPro and the schools will receive £2000 to spend on design and technology equipment. Students and teachers can submit coursework or projects that are already existing so you needn’t spend time creating a new piece of work.
If you are looking for a STEM challenge that gets pupils thinking about electricity in a real-world context then check out the new Solar Challenge from Practical Action.
Set in rural southern Zimbabwe where few villages have access to mains electricity, pupils investigate how to make different circuits which include solar cells. They then look at the requirements for electricity by different people in a community and make decisions on how a fixed amount of solar cells should be allocated based on needs.