BP today announced the launch of a brand new competition – the Ultimate STEM Challenge – in partnership with STEMNET and the Science Museum. The competition is open to young people aged between 11 to 14 and will challenge them to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test by tackling some real-world problems.
Aimed at younger secondary school students yet to make their GCSE choices, the Ultimate STEM Challenge builds on the success of the BP Ultimate Field Trip, which has engaged nearly 3,000 UK STEM university students in the past five years, and lays the foundations for younger students considering studying STEM subjects before making their GCSE subject choices.
In Partnership with the Science Museum and STEMNET sees ultimate challenges rolled out into schools:
- UK-wide STEM school competition with ‘open to all’ format
- 22,000 11-14 year olds to be engaged in the first year of the competition
- 65% of all UK secondary schools expected to take part during inaugural year
We are putting 11-14 year olds’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test with the Ultimate STEM Challenge – a new competition which will focus on exploring, living and working in extreme environments.
The challenges for 2014, of which there are three in total, are all based around the theme of using STEM to help us explore, live and work in challenging environments. Working in groups of two to four, students can choose from three challenges:
- Keeping Warm
- Keeping Hydrated
- Keeping Cool
The challenges to students have been developed to ensure they reflect the challenges BP faces as a business, from operating at the bottom of the ocean to the heat of the desert.
To enter, the teams will need to create a short film or presentation showcasing their project. Their teacher will need to submit these before the deadline of the 16th January 2015, using the online form on the BP Educational Services (BPES) website.
Finalists will be invited to a celebratory final event on the 23rd March 2015 at the Science Museum in London to compete for prizes, including a cash prize of £500 to spend on science equipment or a field trip.
Teachers will be provided with teaching materials to help provide a ‘kick-off’ session to launch the competition with their STEM club or class. Inspiration and support will be available in the form of:
- Case studies highlighting how STEM is used to meet the challenges that BP faces as a business operating in locations such as the bottom of the ocean and the heat of the desert
- Social media link ups with BP scientists
- Local STEM Ambassadors (subject to availability)
The challenge is open to young people aged 11 to 14 who live in the UK. Young people must work in a team of two, three or four.
Students choose from one of three broad topics about challenging environments. To enter, they create a video or presentation showcasing their project. Their teacher submits their entry using the online form on the BP Educational Services website
For more details on the competition and how to apply, please follow the link http://www.bp.com/ultimatestemchallenge