Ultimate STEM Challenge

Brought to you by BP, the Science Museum and STEM Learning

The Ultimate STEM Challenge 2016/2017 is now closed.

Details of this year's competition are detailed below.

Find out who won this year's challenge with their innovative solution to the future flight challenge here.


The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a national competition brought to you by BP, the Science Museum and STEM Learning.

We are asking teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 from across the UK to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test and win some fantastic prizes, including an invitation to a celebratory event at the Science Museum, an Ultimate STEM experience day, £500 for their school and Science Museum goodies.

The challenges are designed to inspire all of your students, not just the science enthusiasts! 


Get started

Choose one of these three real-world challenges based around the theme of thinking creatively.

1: Rescue Rockets

2: Future Flight

3: Auto Arms

Key Information.

  • The Ultimate STEM Challenge is perfect for STEM Clubs.
  • It’s very flexible – there’s a choice of three challenges which can be completed over a shorter or longer period. The deadline for entry is 13 January 2017. 
  • Entering is easy. Students create a PowerPoint or YouTube video showcasing their work on their chosen challenge. Teachers complete a simple entry form and upload their work.
  • STEM Ambassadors can help to guide and inspire students as they take on the challenge.
  • The final will take place in March 2017. 

Why enter the Ultimate STEM Challenge?

Watch our video to find out how students will benefit from participating in the Ultimate STEM Challenge.