It’s nearly time for this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is inviting young people to design a new piece of wearable tech that will improve lives in the future.

Since 1968 bp has been investing in STEM education in the UK. We have engaged young people in science and engineering by linking the curriculum to careers and inspiring students to take on the challenges of invention and creativity.

This year the Ultimate STEM Challenge is inviting young people to get creative and design a new piece of wearable technology that will improve lives in the future. Wearable tech is all around us – from smartwatches to robotic prosthetics, the possibilities are endless, and we are looking for the next big thing!

For the first time this national competition is open to pupils aged 9-14. It’s an exciting opportunity for students to reimagine or invent a solution to a real-life problem that could change people’s lives for the better.

We have received over 1,200 entries so far and the judges are getting ready to select the finalists to attend the Hackathon at the bp Upstream Learning Centre on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

There are some brilliant prizes up for grabs:

  • Two lucky schools will win £750 to spend on school equipment or field trips
  • Attend an exclusive, all expenses paid experience at a one-day Hackathon
  • Meet real scientists, coders and designers to help bring their ideas to life

“We at bp are proud to continue to invest in education in the UK. Initiatives like the Ultimate STEM Challenge help to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people and relate school subjects to future STEM careers," said Jill Douglas, UK schools education manager for bp. 

Gill Collinson, head of Centre & Partnerships at STEM Learning, said: “STEM Learning is proud to support this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge. This year’s topic is wearable tech, an exciting and innovative theme offering young people the chance to develop their STEM related skills.

“Building on the success of previous years, there is a renewed drive to engage and encourage many more young people, particularly those who may not have taken part before, to benefit from the tremendous opportunity the Ultimate STEM Challenge offers.” 

For full details visit: bp Ultimate STEM Challenge.