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STEM Competitions and Grants


IET Faraday Challenge Days

Giving students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. The winners of each event win prizes for themselves ad 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 £1000 for their school. See the website for details and compete the application form.

Practical Action - Global CREST Challenges

On the topics of water, food, transport and energy. See their web pages for full details and fantastic resources.

STEMettes Hackathon days

" I came with an idea and left with an app!" These jam-packed days enable girls to learn to code to either solve a problem or make an app. For full details click here.

MP Futures - build a pyramid

This challenge from MP Futures is based around the idea of the team being tasked with building a modern-day pyramid in their local area, see website.

Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion Challenge for Schools

Race a virtual Grand Prix car here. Students, working in small teams, complete a series for STEM relevant tasks in an effort to produce the perfect car. this 'virtual' car is then entered into a competitive race in the hope of winning it. The Challenge also involves students racing against teams from other schools and countries. Full details can be found on the website.

STEM Challenges

These Olympics-inspired resources have been revamped to remain relevant post-2012. The adapted STEM Challenge resource packs are now available to download, free of charge, for use in the classroom or as part of your extra-curricular STEM club. Eight challenges can be found here.  

British Science Week - challenge packs

Activities and ideas from the annual awareness week celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths. See the website for full details.



Chemistry Grant for Schools

The Royal Society of Chemistry is offering grants of up to £75 for schools to carry any of their Global Experiment.

Or, you could use the money for another chemistry activity. Why not try one of the 1000s of experiments on Learn Chemistry?

The local contact for the West Midlands is Ruth Patchett, please email her for more information.

School Grant Scheme (Physics / Engineering)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC and CCLRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a small grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges.

The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. Eligibility and timing: The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19.