Ultimate STEM Challenge

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


Who can enter the STEM Challenge?

The competition is open to young people aged 11 to 14 who live and attend a school in the UK.

Young people must work in a team of two, three or four.

How to enter?

Students choose from one of three broad challenges and create a video or presentation showcasing their project. To enter, teachers send in their students' presentation or video.  

Do you need to work with a STEM Ambassador to enter?

No - although we would recommend that you do if possible, as this will enhance the students' experience and learning.

Can you help to match us to a STEM Ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors are placed all around the country and will be happy to come into schools to speak with your class, subject to availability.

If you would like to check the availability in your area, please be in touch with your local contact here: www.stemnet.org.uk/educators/secondary-schools-and-sixth-forms

How will entries be judged?

The judges are looking for:

  • Excellence of method - have you followed a sound scientific method?
  • Communication skills - can you explain your work clearly, confidently and in a way that inspires others?
  • Creativity - have you approached your project in an intriguing and interesting way?
  • Passion for STEM - does your enthusiasm shine through?

How many teams can be entered?

There is no limit on the number of teams that teachers put forward from their school. Teachers can add all the teams at one time using the entry form, or at separate times using the entry form on multiple occasions.

Can students enter more than one project?

To be fair to everyone, a student can only enter one project in one team. A student cannot work within two different teams.

When does the competition begin?

The competition launches on 15 June 2017.

When do submissions close?

The final date for submissions will be 12 January 2018.

When is the final judging event?

The final judging event will be held at the Science Museum in March 2018.

Can more than one team from the same school be selected as a semi-finalist?


What happens if we are selected as a finalist but we cannot make the final event?

In order to qualify as a finalist, at least one team member and one supporting adult must be able to attend the Final Event or that team will forego the right to progress to the next stage or claim the prize (as applicable) and BP plc at its sole discretion may arrange for a replacement winning entry to be selected by the panel of judges.