New BP Ultimate STEM Challenge competition asks students: what would you reimagine?

The BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is back and it’s even better! In partnership with STEM Learning BP is inviting UK students aged 11 to 14 to use their STEM skills to tackle one simple challenge: reimagine a solution to a real-life problem.

This might be redesigning tools and technology that we have long taken for granted or reinventing something that really could change peoples’ lives for the better.

When developing the competition BP spoke to young people about the problems that they would like to solve.  They wanted to improve access to building for wheelchair users, filter out air pollutants with new technology and even make sure everyone gets their fair share of pizza. Some of these ideas are captured in a new launch video which teachers and STEM Club leaders can use to inspire students to get involved and make their ultimate ideas, designs and solutions a reality.

As with previous years, all participating schools can request a STEM Ambassador to support their STEM Club or class during the competition. Students can complete this challenge in a STEM Club, during a collapsed timetable day, in classroom lessons or in their own time. 

The deadline for entries is 15 February 2019, with winners receiving a fun day out at the Science Museum in London for the grand final, £1000 to spend on science equipment or field trips, and Science Museum goody bags. All entries shortlisted for the semi-finals will receive a prestigious Bronze Crest Award.

For full details on the competition, access to STEM Ambassadors and to download the free Challenge resources, visit

View our new launch video here!

First published: 18 July 2018

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