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Parched Plants: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge three of the 2017-18 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge competition.

Water is essential for human life. As almost 97 per cent of the Earth’s water is salt water in the oceans and seas, and the majority of our fresh water is tied up in glaciers, ice caps and groundwater, it is important that it is...

Handy Hydro: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge Two of the 2017-18 bp Ultimate Stem Challenge. 

The challenge is to design a simple system to generate electricity from moving water. Students are to plan and carry out an investigation to measure how much electrical energy your system can produce and find the best design for extracting...

Brilliant Biogas: Ultimate STEM Challenge

This is Challenge One of the 2017-18 bp Ultimate  STEM Challenge competition. 

This challenge is to design a system to generate and capture biomethane...

Auto arms

This is challenge three from the 2016-17 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge competition. 

bp uses remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to inspect and maintain seabed equipment. These use hydraulic or motorised robot arms to grip and manipulate tools and controls. The challenge for students is to find the...

Future flight

This is challenge two from the 2016-17 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge competition. 

bp uses aerial surveys to identify potential new oil reserves, or to inspect remote equipment. Remote controlled aircraft, or drones, can offer a lower cost, safer alternative to light aircraft. The challenge for students is to ...

Rescue rockets

This is Challenge One from the 2016-17 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge competition.  

bp operates oil rigs and ships around the world, often in remote places. While emergencies are rare, distress rockets or flares offer a visual signal that can be seen from many miles away...

STEM Club Activity: Smart Muscle

This resource looks at whether it is possible to mimic human movement by using prosthetic technology to make a ‘muscle’ for a new generation of robots, so they can lift their arms and grab objects.

Water, Water, Everywhere? (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, encourages students to appreciate the importance of clean water and the problems that may arise in the absence of it. Students consider soluble and insoluble pollutants and methods of filtration. They then explore contamination by microorganisms, water-borne diseases and the...

Module 6: Building the things we need (overview)

This 'Six for Six' module from Siemens gets students thinking about efficient ways of doing things whether that be in the home or in a factory manufacturing cars.   The teacher notes below offers an overview of the resources/activities which are...

Module 5: Getting around (overview)

This 'Six for Six' module from Siemens examines transport systems and how essential they are  to modern life using real-world examples of Siemens technology, engineering or manufacturing principles as a basis for learning. The teacher notes below...

Blowing in the Wind (11-14)

This resource, from Siemens UK, looks at the use of wind farms to provide sustainable energy for a range of communities in a variety of settings. The selection of a New Zealand context is significant as Maori communities see themselves as being responsible for effective stewardship of the land for future...

Module 4: Power to the People (overview)

The key ideas contained in this resource involve getting pupils thinking about how we get the power we need to support the wide variety of functions we have come to rely upon. Some of these activities focus upon specific technologies and how they work and others look at how an overall power supply system can be...

Module 3: Energy for Thrills (overview)

This resource gives KS3 physics learners the opportunity to learn or further develop their understanding of energy changes, generation, and storage in various scenarios. The activities include designing and manufacturing structures and analysing data.

  • A series of activities are based on the challenge...

Life without STEM

This interactive online activity provides teachers with a topical and engaging tool for exploring how ideas, developments and discoveries in STEM subjects have changed and...

Green bus

This activity sheet includes a range of activities including researching how buses can be powered in more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways, a quiz and a world jumble. The resource also gives a web link allowing pupils to further explore any questions they may have, learn fun facts and discover a range...

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