Ultimate STEM Challenge: Wearable Tech 2019/20

Ultimate STEM Challenge


Hackathon: finalist event update

The health, safety and wellbeing of people is our top priority at bp. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments across the world are escalating their responses to the rapidly evolving outbreak of COVID-19. In light of this and after a thorough assessment of the latest guidance, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge Hackathon.

We are considering options, including the possibility of rescheduling to autumn, in consultation with finalist schools. We will provide another update once further guidance has been issued.


Competition overview

This year was the first time the Ultimate STEM Challenge was open to pupils aged 9-14. It was bigger and better than ever with our amazing teaching resources and national competition. The competition invited young people to get creative and design a new piece of wearable tech that will improve lives in the future.

Thank you to all over 4,000 pupils who submitted their entries, our judges had a challenge of their own picking our finalists. The six finalists have now been confirmed and announced – here!

Congratulations to our finalists who will be participating in a one day Hackathon special event at bp’s Upstream Learning Centre. The pupils will discover more about the world of wearable tech and work with scientists, coders and designers to bring their own ideas to life! Plus, two lucky schools will also each win £750 to spend on STEM learning equipment or field trips.

Keep an eye out for the winner’s announcement and 2021 competition. 


Primary resources                      Secondary resources
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Full terms and conditions can be found here.