Last updated 8 July 2018
There are three exciting problem based challenges that can be entered by individual children or in teams. Designed to make children think about the day to day issues faced by farmers and growers in England and Wales, each challenge is supported by curriculum linked resources created in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).
The National Farmers Union has worked in partnership with Association for Science Education to co-author the support resources for primary age pupils. The resources have been developed to complement the Farmvention (when farming meets invention) national STEM competition. More information here. Entries open on 1 September 2018.
Vu+ Data Logger Giveaway Competition
Data Harvest has been developing and supplying leading science equipment for schools for over 30 years.
Competition closes Tuesday 31 July 2018.
Oxford Scientist Science Writing Competition
Are you fascinated by science and want to communicate it to those around you?
The Oxford Scientist is running our second science writing competition for UK school students who will be entering Years 11-13 for the academic year 2018-2019. There are lots of prizes to be won, and the winning entry will be published in our magazine!
The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Photographer of the Year Competition
Students of all ages are invited to enter the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 2018 Photographer of the Year Competition. The judges will be looking for photographs that are creative, thoughtful and representative of the theme of “Engineering a Better World”. The winner will receive £150, an instant camera, photo printed on canvas and will feature in Institution News.. Find out more here or alternatively email PhotoComp@imechenearyou.org.
Closing date is 30 September 2018.
BP Ultimate STEM Challenge Competition
This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is back and it’s even better! For the first time, BP, in partnership with STEM Learning, is inviting UK students aged 11-14 to use their STEM skills to tackle one simple challenge: reimagine a solution to a real-life problem.
This year the Ultimate STEM Challenge is setting the ultimate challenge to reimagine literally anything using the technology and capability of today. This might be redesigning tools and technology that we have long taken for granted or reinventing something that really could change peoples’ lives for the better.
Students can complete this challenge in a STEM Club, during a collapsed timetable day, in classroom lessons or in their own time.
Winners will receive a fun day out at the Science Museum in London for the grand final, £1,000 to spend on science equipment or field trips, and Science Museum goody bags. All entries shortlisted for the semi-finals will receive a prestigious Bronze Crest Award.
Visit bpes.bp.com/stem-challenge/ultimate-stem-challenge for full details, access to STEM Ambassadors and to download the FREE Challenge resources.
The deadline for entries is 15 February 2019.
Green Plan It Challenge
Uncover the power of plants and the role they play in our lives. Want to inspire your students about nature and plants, and build their skills and confidence? Then this is the project for you!
We’re on the look out for teams of Year 8-9 to take part in this year’s Green Plan It Challenge. You can register up to three teams to take part (but please note that due to venue sizes, a maximum of six students per team may attend the launch and celebration events).
We will then match each team with a local industry mentor.
Your team(s) will be invited to attend an inspiring launch event in autumn where they will met their mentor and the RHS team to take part in fun activities and hear more about the challenge
Over 10 weeks your teams will then need to work on their design at school with your support. Your team’s mentor will also provide advice and help. We recommend around a minimum of 2 hours a week is spent on the challenge but you can spend more.
In December, your team(s) will be invited to attend a celebration event at their regional hub to present their designs to a small panel of (friendly!) assessors, receive feedback on their work and celebrate their achievements with their industry mentors.
There is no fee to enter and your local RHS Advisor will be on hand to help and guide you through the challenge.
Schools are only required to provide transport to the venue for the launch and celebration events and any materials for your team(s) plans and model.
Key dates and details:
- Bristol: University of Bristol Botanic Garden, BS9 1JG. Launch Day: Thursday 13 September 2018. Celebration Day: Thursday 29 November 2018
- Greater Manchester: University of Salford, M5 4BR. Launch Day: Friday 14 September 2018. Celebration Day: Friday 30 November 2018
IET Global Engineering & Technology photography competition
The IET has launched its annual photography competition for 2018 in a bid to dispel the traditional image of hard hats and dirty overalls and show the innovative, imaginative and cool world of engineering – and we want young people to enter.
The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2018 is looking for photographs of engineering-related subjects that capture the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.
Participants can submit a maximum of five photos across any of the following five categories: Design & Production, Digital, Environment & Energy, Structures and Transport.
A panel of judges will look at every entry and award prizes to five youth winners (16 and under) and five adult winners (17 and over). An overall winner across all categories and ages will then be selected for an extra cash prize.
New for this year, the best photo taken on a smart phone will also win a cash prize. Winners’ photographs will also appear in a central London exhibit and be published in leading photography magazine, Amateur Photographer.
More information and entry here. Please read the terms and conditions and email your entry form and photograph(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name, date of birth and age, address, phone number and email address. Image captions are optional.
The deadline for entries is Friday 28 September 2018.
FIRST LEGO League – Into Orbit
Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space!
The 2018/19 FIRST LEGO League season requires you work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBIT?
Registration is open now until 1 August. Register here to secure your teams place!
DVLA Code Challenge 2018
The 2018 DVLA competition is now launched across Wales! Fabulous prizes on offer for schools.
The website has all the information schools need to register for the competition, how to enter and the themes and a downloadable A5 flyer.
This year both primary and secondary schools are eligible: there will be two competitions running side by side – one for the 7-11 year olds and the other for the 11-14 year olds.
All themes are open to all age groups, the only difference is, that the 7-11 year olds can only use SCRATCH (same as last year), but the 11-14 year olds may choose any language they wish.
The closing date for entries is midnight on 12 October 2018
Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge
The Fiver Challenge provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial numeracy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils have 1 month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit and engage with their local community.
The Fiver Challenge runs over four weeks with a competition marking the end of each week, and the National Fiver Challenge Competition marking the end of the programme.
- Monday 4 June: Primary Schools in England and Wales start the Challenge
- Friday 8 June: Deadline for Competition 1 – Logo Design
- Friday 15 June: Deadline for Competition 2 – Sales Pitch
- Friday 22 June: Deadline for Competition 3 – Advertising
- Friday 29 June: Deadline for Competition 4 – Pop-Up Shop
- Friday 6 July: Deadline for National Fiver Challenge Competition
Be sure to sign up early here as the funding for this competition is limited.
Contact email@example.com / 07966 048074.
The Nancy Rothwell Award
The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.
There are three age categories (7-11, 12-14, and 15-18) and prizes are awarded
The overall winner in each category will be awarded a set of drawing pencils, a certificate and £25. The winners’ schools will also each receive £100.
Both highly commended entrants and winners will be invited to an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College.
Each entrant may submit one drawing. Please only submit a photograph or scan of your drawing, as any original artwork will not be returned. Entrants are encouraged to label their drawings.
The Award will close for entries on 10 September 2018. Teachers can download a poster for the competition here and a PowerPoint presentation here to use in their art/science lessons to inspire their students’ drawings.
If you have any queries please email Raghav Selvam
Photography Competition 2018
The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on a particular theme
‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of this year’s competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme
A poster for this year’s competition is now available – download here.
There are two categories in the competition, each with a cash prize:
- Photographer of the Year (18 and over) – £1,000 top prize
- Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) – £500 top prize.
Closing date 31 July 2018.
Plate tectonic stories – competition from The Geological Society
The Geological Society is inviting all primary, secondary and 6th form college geography, geology, science, technology, art and even dance classes to get involved and tell us a plate tectonic story of your own by creating something that brings plate tectonics to life and demonstrates some of the processes involved!
Plate tectonics underpins all processes operating on Earth so students could angle their work at volcanoes, seismic waves, heat transfer, radioactive decay, Earth materials – whatever they find interesting and whatever suits their subject! Entries to the competition will receive a free educational classroom poster as well as the chance of winning £150 worth of Earth science related books for their school. More here.
The RAF100 Competition is an opportunity for young people to tell the story of an RAF base and bring together their understanding of history and physics
The history of the RAF demonstrates how people and their needs have pushed scientific development. How can knowledge of those people and the technology they worked with push us to think about developments for the future?
On this website there is an interactive map showing all the RAF bases in the UK and another of all the RAF bases used globally. The maps start from the First World War period through to today. Currently these maps only include very basic information about each of the bases. We would like schools and youth groups to provide the information about the bases.
In addition to helping tell the story of each base, the competition offers an opportunity for young people to bring together their understanding of how scientific ideas and technology have developed in history to explore current and future technological developments that might shape the RAF and civilian world of the future.
The prizes include opportunities to attend commemorative events during the centenary year, as well as gifts for the school.
Age groups: the competition will run with three age group categories: 11-14; 14-18 and 11-18.
Closing dates: the prizes are spread over 2018 and include tickets to events, so there are three opportunities to enter for different prizes:
- Closing date 1: will close on 30 March 2018 (closed)
- Closing date 2: will close on 11 June 2018
- Closing date 3: will close on 30 November 2018
Schools/youth groups etc can put forward as many entries as they wish for each of the deadlines, but each entry (research piece/film etc) can only be submitted once.
No More Cabbage!
This year’s CLEAPSS competition updates a classic practical activity.
Help your children make and investigate the best alternative indicators to red cabbage. There are prizes available for children, the school and staff.
Faraday Challenge Day applications for 2018-19 are open!
IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.
The event is free of charge and set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students.
Delivered by the IET in 68 schools and 12 Academic Partner universities – as well as further events available as requested by funders and sponsors – the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities for six teams of six students. Our 2018-19 season’s Challenge Days are designed for Year 8 students (England) and their equivalents (aged 12-13 years).
Download the application form here.
FameLab is a science communications competition designed to engage and entertain. Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props – the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity.
We are now inviting scientists, mathematicians and engineers across the globe to take part in this flagship science communications competition in their national rounds!
National winners of all 25+ participating countries will then meet at Cheltenham Science Festival (5-10 June 2018) to battle for the title of FameLab International Champion in front of a live Festival audience. Online registration here.
The Art of Sustainability and STEM
You are the designers of the future; all our futures. Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) will be at the heart of that future. Consumption and Waste is one curriculum topic in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC). Future design will be about creating a Sustainable world. One where we are contributing to the Well Being of both ourselves and the natural world.
The winning team will have to demonstrate how their Kart delivers Well Being. Teams will have to think through Sustainability demonstrating how the whole life cycle of the Kart meets with cyclical design.
An award for the most Sustainable Kart will be presented at the end of the race also learners may be able to work towards a Crest Award as part of this project.
The next race date has not yet been set, but will be in the autumn of 2018 so there’s plenty of time.
Contact Steven England at TheArtofSustainability@hotmail.com for more details.
Cisco Little Big Futures
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.
Cisco and STEM Learning relaunched the Little Big Awards in 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.
Each one-hour resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don’t need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.
Cisco is also sponsoring schools to take part in the CREST Discovery Awards and they will cover the cost of applying.
Students will work in teams to investigate a real-world problem and report on their findings. You can request a local STEM Ambassador to inspire and support your students during this challenge
2018 Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry
Entries for the 2018 Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are now live.
Don’t miss out on participating in one of these fantastic events which:
- Excite pupils by doing practical chemistry
- Give pupils responsibility to carry out investigations “like a real Chemist”
- Encourage team working and independent problem solving skills
- Give teachers an opportunity to network and participate in CPD
One team of four students per school are welcome to participate from Year 7 and/or 8 in England and Wales.
Students will experience two hands-on practical Chemistry challenges, exciting chemical demonstrations, a prize-giving ceremony with prizes for winning schools and fun prizes and certificates for all participants.
More information and online entry here.
Manchester University Animation competition
Led by the Manchester University School of Computer Science, this annual competition supports the teaching of computing in schools. It’s designed to enthuse schoolchildren aged 7–19 about computer science. More information about the competition and who can enter here.
Advanced Propulsion Centre primary competition
The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK is offering an opportunity for primary school pupils to compete in the Greenpower electric car race. The competition is entitled ‘How we will travel in year 2050?’ ¬– for more information on how your school can win a Greenpower kit car, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IET Faraday Challenge Days
IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK get an all-expenses paid trip to the National Final in June each year to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school. Enter here, more information here.
Schools Competition 2018 Imperial College London
The Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools Science Competition 2018 will open for registrations in October 2017.
The theme for 2018 will focus on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Teams are asked to select a specific goal and to come up with a new and innovative scientific solution in response to this.
To enter, teams must create a 5 minute film that: briefly outlines the goal they have selected; describes their innovative solution; explains the science behind the idea; and illustrates how their idea would address the goal.
The best teams will be invited to present their idea at a showcase event at Imperial College in front of a live audience and a panel of VIP judges. The competition winners will each receive individual prizes, will be given the opportunity to visit a world-leading science facility in the UK. Find out more here…
Better Energy School Awards
The Better Energy School Awards aim to assist and encourage environmental education for young people aged 5-11. They promote cross-curricular work on the environment and ANY work you are doing at your school covering any kind of environmental issue can be entered. The Better Energy School Awards for excellence in environmental education link with the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence – explore our guides here.
Enter your school today – win up to £5,000! Read the competition rules here.
The Better Energy School Awards are split into four regions (South/Central, North, Wales and West, Scotland) and there will be a winner for each Award category in each region. The best entry chosen from all of the winners in each region will be made a Regional Champion and will receive £1,000. The best of the Regional Champions will be chosen as the UK Champions, who receive a total of £5,000 for the school funds.
In addition to all the winners, 16 Runners-Up will receive £250 each for the school funds. A further 20 Highly Commended schools will receive £100.
Representatives from the four Regional Champion schools attend a special Awards Ceremony in London, where they receive their prizes from specially invited celebrity guests. Previous venues include London Zoo and the Science Museum.
Step into the NHS Competition
The Step into the NHS schools’ Competition offers students in years 8 and 9 the chance to win a tablet or a £50 Amazon voucher.
There’s much more to working for the NHS than being a doctor or nurse. In fact there are more than 350 different careers in the NHS and, with that many careers on offer, there’s a job to suit anyone, no matter what your interests and skills are. The Step into the NHS competition asks students to choose an NHS career that interests them and create a job description and an advert to tell their friends and other young people about it. Students can work on their own or in teams of up to four.
Find out more and apply here…
DVLA Code Challenge competition
RHS Greening Grey Britain
The RHS would like you and your group to identify an area in your local community that could do with a bit of colour. Sign up to take part in Greening Grey Britain and the RHS will send you a free packet of wild cornfield seeds which are all perfect plants for pollinators.
Help spread the word of Greening Grey Britain and win prizes by sharing your photos on Twitter using #GreeningGreyBritain and @RHSSchools. Prizes will be awarded every week so get snapping! If you decide to green up an area in your community, you may also be eligible to apply for the RHS Level 5 School Gardening Award and receive £200 in gardening gift vouchers.
BBC Terrific Scientific
The campaign consists of 10 nationwide investigations and hopes to encourage one million children to take part. Terrific Scientific will also enable children to undertake genuine research using their science enquiry skills to inform the work of leading universities. The investigations are designed to be accessible and use everyday items.
Science and Wildlife Presenter, Liz Bonnin is an ambassador for Terrific Scientific and feature in this introductory film which explains what the campaign is all about. Schools can sign up here to take part.
Forensic Outreach Competition (students aged 11-16)
The competition is designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge of art history, science, mathematics and cryptanalysis to solve the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci’s real-life missing painting, The Battle of Anghiari. The challenge includes a lesson plan, worksheets and other resources. Register your interest here.