Primary ideas

  • Design a natural pest deterrent which could be used to protect crops from a particular pest. E.g. slugs, birds, blackfly.
  • Research & make an effective packaging material which could be used as an alternative to plastic
  • Design and create a mode of transport that uses air/water resistance or levers/pulleys and gears

Secondary ideas

  • Design a physical or virtual solution based on an animal ecosystem which solves a problem in the human world. E.g. Bee hives = modular storage device 
  • Design your own renewable energy device. Describe the source and how it would harness/conserve and distribute energy.
  • Develop your own skincare product with a specific aim & benefit (e.g. to soothe eczema, reduce scarring, anti aging, anti bacterial etc.)

16+ ideas

  • Design and develop an invention, device, mechanism or piece of code that solves a problem or improves an individual’s/communities or environmental situation or challenge.

Finalists will be invited to Discovery Park, the UK’s leading science and technology park. Primary finalists will display their projects at a science fair and one will become the Primary BIG STEM Champion 2022. Secondary and 16+ finalists will present their projects to a “Dragon’s Den” panel of experts for the chance to be named Secondary and 16+ BIG STEM Challenge winners 2022.

ALL entries are required to submit a short (maximum 2 minutes) video explaining and presenting their project. We are not looking for professional quality videos – use your phone cameras – but remember to film them in landscape NOT portrait – just turn your phone on its side to film!

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