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BP Ultimate STEM Challenge 2018-2019

09 July 2018

We are pleased to announce that BP has launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge for a 5th year, in partnership with the Science Museum and STEM Learning. This year the BP USC invites 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 could change peoples’ lives for the better.

Key dates

·         the BP USC 2018-19 is now live here.

·         entries can be submitted from 1 September onwards

·         the closing date for submissions is 19 February 2019

·         the final will be held at the Science Museum, London, date TBC


USC 2018 – the challenge

When developing the competition BP worked with many young people to understand the problems that they would like to solve. 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 ideas, designs and solutions a reality. There is also a presentation available with lots of tips and inspiration to encourage students to come up with ideas. It explains the competition in more detail and provides a guide to the process.


Students aged 11 to 14 living in the UK during the competition period can take part and can form a team of two, three or four. Schools are encouraged to request STEM Ambassador support via the digital platform.


The prizes this year are:

·         a 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 more information and to enter, click here.

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