Ultimate STEM Challenge

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

How to enter

Working in groups of 2, 3 or 4, students:

  • choose a challenge
  • complete their project
  • create a PowerPoint presentation or a YouTube video to explain their project.

Entries must be submitted by a teacher by 12 January 2018.


Judge’s criteria

We are looking for the following:

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


Following a sound scientific method

To follow a good scientific method students should:

  •  make a hypothesis
  •  do your research
  •  make sure your experiment is a fair test
  •  can you replicate your results?
  •  analyse your results
  •  present your evidence and explain your conclusion clearly.

To find out more about following a sound scientific method, watch our InvestiGATE videos.


Creating a winning investigation, video or PPT

Take a look at the Top Tips page for information about how to create a winning investigation, video or PowerPoint.



  • The Competition will be run in three stages:
  • Preliminary judging – all valid entries will be considered by a panel of teachers, who will select the semi-finalists. 
  • Semi-final judging – all entries selected as semi-finalists will be considered by a panel of teachers and STEM Ambassadors, who will select the finalists. 
  • Final judging – all entrants selected as finalists will be invited to the Final Event where one winning team will be selected by a panel of judges including representatives from BP, STEM Learning, the Science Museum and a teacher. 


Further information

If you have any questions, take a look a the FAQs or the terms & conditions, or contact us