Our STEM Challenge is designed as a practical and team-based experience for KS1 & KS2 primary school classes.
Inspired by the ‘real-life’ challenges and big questions faced by leading North East science, technology and engineering companies, pupils will work to solve a challenge over a set period.
For KS 1 pupils, the challenge lasts 3 weeks, whilst for KS 2 pupils, the challenge lasts 6 weeks. On the sixth week, pupils have the opportunity to visit a leading North East STEM company/university faculty site with a bespoke tour around the site relevant to the challenge.
In every STEM Challenge, young people will develop key investigation skills through self-directed learning. Each project is a practical challenge that children can work through together, building communication and teamwork skills.
Linking closely to the primary science curriculum, each project has a ‘real-life’ application to the world of work in STEM here in the North East.
A key part of the bespoke trip in the final week is giving children the opportunity to speak to those currently working in STEM fields. The young people will discover that scientists, engineers and people in STEM regularly encounter similar problems they encountered in their STEM Challenge.