About the Challenge

Our 6-week learning programme, designed as a practical and team-based experience for 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 5 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 areas of site relevant to 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 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 careers. The group will find that scientists, engineers and people in STEM jobs regularly come across many of the same problems that they encountered in their own projects.

Science UKS2 – Working Scientifically

Pupils will:

  • Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions.
  • Take measurements using a range of scientific equipment.
  • Record data and results.
  • Report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions in oral and written forms.
  • Use scientific language and understanding to explain findings.

Our Challenges

How does safe water get to our home?

Linked to Northumbrian Water, this project investigates the power of water and its effect on our water infrastructure. From treatment to transport, children will explore the challenges of ensuring we look after the water on our planet.

Design and make a vehicle fit for purpose

This project explores how design adaptations to an aeroplane can affect how far it flies and its ability to carry weight. Using computer-aided design and flight tests, children will explore and develop an aeroplane wing design, trying out a range of materials and modifications, before presenting their final model to a team from REECE Engineering.

Dinosaurs, from life to fossils

Have you ever dreamt of being a palaeontologist? Most common knowledge about dinosaurs comes from movies and books, but what is science telling us about dinosaurs? In this challenge, children will investigate how we can use fossils and rocks to learn more about how these well known, but still very mysterious, creatures lived.

Light, vision and memory

Inspired by current research from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, this challenge explores the curious properties of light, from reflection, to shadows and colour. Children will also investigate visual illusions and brain tricks, revealing the flaws in how humans learn.

Investigating energy and electricity

In this project, children will discover key electrical concepts such as conductivity, power, resistance and current flow in circuits. We will explore what electricity is and how we can find innovative ways to produce energy through renewables. This challenge is supported by Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid.

Recycling and Sustainability

Supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this project investigates the reasons behind recycling and the practicalities of putting it into action. We investigate the different properties of materials, why it is important to recycle, including the effect that plastic pollution is having on the environment, and the process of separating materials at a recycling plant.

Enquire about our STEM Challenges

Our STEM Engagement Team

For more information or to book a STEM Challenge programme for your class, please get in touch with a member of our STEM Engagement Team:

STEM Engagement Manager

Kirsty Hayward


07588 217703

0191 273 2229

STEM Engagement Officer

Emma Clark


0191 273 2229


Discovery and investigation are key to all the STEM Challenges, meaning young people will lead this project and get stuck in altogether.

Kirsty Hayward, STEM Engagement Manager

The project gets the pupils engaged with STEM subjects early on so they have been bitten by the buzz and excitement of STEM before they reach secondary school.

Joe Temple, Excelsior Academy Subject Development Leader of Engineering and Construction

Feedback from the children was really positive. They definitely enjoyed the sessions. The STEM project certainly supported and encouraged them in maths/science.

Year 6 Class Teacher

If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the project initially but loved seeing the children fully engaged and motivated and learning about STEM with a smile on their faces. The whole experience has been a very positive one and I very much look forward to taking part in other STEM projects in the future.

Mr Corbishley, St Cuthbert's Primary School

We are pleased to support this project from Success4All that is helping to open up the world of engineering to young people.

Anne Reece, Chair of the REECE Foundation

I love the fact that the children are given time to investigate. This means that they learn from their mistakes and from each other. There’s lots of talk, experimenting, trying new ways of doing things, testing and hypothesising throughout the lesson. Mini plenaries throughout, ensuring that teaching objectives are being covered and that the learning is guided and summarised.

Mrs Arkless, Larkspur Primary School

Both classes had an equally amazing time. It was pitched perfectly and the children were allowed to be really hands on which was a bonus. It’s certainly one of those lessons the children will remember and they learned lots in the meantime.

Mrs Smith, Front Street Primary School

As the project progressed, I noticed that the children began to think and question in different ways-the activities encouraged them to consider different possibilities and solutions and promoted a great deal of critical thinking. I felt that the work we did was invaluable in helping the children to see Science ‘in action’ in their daily lives; to lift Science out of a textbook and put it in a real-life context where it made much more sense and appeared much more relevant to them.

Mr Corbishley, St Cuthbert's Primary School