Ultimate STEM Challenge FAQs

Confused about the rules of the Ultimate STEM Challenge? Find your answers below.


 Looking for answers? Check the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us.  


Who can enter the Ultimate STEM Challenge?


The competition is open to young people who:

  • are aged 11 to 14 throughout the competition period
  • live in the UK throughout the competition period.

(The competition period is between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.)

What are the prizes?


The finalist teams will be invited to a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London. There they will compete to win prizes of up to £1,000 for their school, to be spent on STEM equipment and field trips, and they will receive Science Museum goodies.

All semi-finalists and finalists will receive a Bronze CREST Award.


Do you have to enter as part of a team?


Yes, students must enter as a team of two, three or four people.  

How many teams can enter from one school?


There is no limit on the number of teams that can enter from one school. Teachers can use the entry form to submit all their teams’ entries in one go, or to submit them individually.  

The challenge is broad – where do we start?


Take a look at the Ultimate STEM Challenge presentation. You can use one of the suggested ides as a starting point, or work through the creative brainstorming ideas to come up with your own idea.


How much time do we need?


Students reaching the semi-finals have usually spent at least 10 hours on their projects.  

Is this challenge suitable for STEM clubs?


Yes, the Ultimate STEM Challenge is suitable for STEM clubs. Club leaders could use the Ultimate STEM Challenge presentation as the basis for an introductory session, and/or several sessions to support students with their projects, with students completing additional work in their own time.

Some students complete some of the initial work in class, while others complete the entire project independently


How do we submit our work?


Teams must create one of the following:

  • a PowerPoint presentation (up to 20 slides)
  • a video (up to 3 minutes) with an accompanying video supporting entry form

A teacher must log in to the BP Educational Service website, complete the simple entry form, and upload the students' entry.  

Can students submit more than one entry?


To be fair to everyone, the same student or team cannot submit multiple entries, and a student cannot work with more than one team.

How will entries be judged?


Judges are looking for entries that satisfy the 6 criteria:

1. Is it STEM?

2. Is there a prototype?

3. Does it help?

4. Does it work?

5. Is it clear?

6. Does it stand out? 

Visit the Judging Criteria page for more details.

When do submissions close?


The final date for submissions will be at 23:59 on Friday 1 March 2019.

How will I know if my students have qualified as finalists?


We will announce finalist teams on the Ultimate STEM Challenge homepage on Friday 29th March. The teacher of the successful teams will receive an email with information and next steps.

When is the final event?


The final event will be held at the Science Museum on 13th May 2019.

What happens if we are selected as finalists but can't attend 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 forfeit their 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 finalist team to be selected by the panel of judges.

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