Ultimate STEM Challenge

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My Sustainable Future: Handy Hydro

These challenges were developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge 2017/2018.

The competition is now closed but why not complete one of the challenges as part of your school's STEM club, in class, or even to run your own school competition?

The forces found in nature can generate renewable energy, including solar power, wind power and hydropower.

Hydropower doesn’t need to be produced on a huge scale; micro hydro installations offer a way to produce renewable energy from small, fast-flowing streams in mountainous areas.

Challenge 1:

Create an efficient way of generating electricity from moving water.


Plan and carry out an investigation to:

  • measure how much electrical energy your system can produce
  • find the best design for extracting energy from moving water.

Getting started

How you tackle this challenge is completely up to you and your students.  

Use the PowerPoint and/or lesson plan to get them started, or simply hand out the student guide so they can work independently.