Ultimate STEM Challenge

Pupils attending the lunchtime STEM club researched, designed and built water wheels to generate sustainable electricity. Pupils used iPads to research different designs, requested the equipment they needed and built a range of different designs of wheel.

One of the wheels was submitted to the ‘Ultimate Stem Challenge’, a national competition brought to you by BP, the Science Museum and STEM Learning. The aim of the competition is for teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test and compete for prizes. The challenge has been designed to build confidence and teamwork skills. 

The pupils chose the Handy Hydro project, and this was their brief;

'Create an efficient way of generating electricity from moving water. Plan and carry out an investigation to:

  • Measure how much electrical energy your system can produce
  • Find the best design for extracting energy from moving water.

All the work was completed during their lunchtime STEM activity during the Michaelmas term.

Click here to see a video of the project created and submitted to the competition.

More photographs here


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