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School children can submit science projects for the Big STEM Challenge and join the final at Discovery Park, Sandwich

Children can show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths with the Big STEM Challenge this May.

Organised by the KM Charity Team, the Big STEM Challenge is a competition held for school pupils across the county. The aim is to inject some creativity into four of the more academic subjects in the hopes students will become more engaged.

Pupil and teacher conducting a chemistry experiment
Pupil and teacher conducting a chemistry experiment

The competition, open to primary, secondary and further education students, works with the existing school curriculum to help bring subjects to life. Entrants can create fun projects and immerse themselves in activities that centre around the STEM subjects.

Students must enter their projects, which can range from designing your own renewable energy generating device to developing your own skincare product, depending on age group, before Friday, May 6.

Finalists whose projects impress the most will then be invited to Discovery Park for an exciting day.

Discovery Park in Sandwich is one of the UK’s leading science parks and is known for its partnerships with innovative healthcare companies from across the country.

Excited students can lose themselves in technology for the competition
Excited students can lose themselves in technology for the competition

On the day, finalists will face a Dragon’s Den-style panel of experts and one project from each age group will be named the Big STEM Challenge winner.

Each winning project will receive a cash prize of £200.

KM Charity Team CEO Mike Ward said: “The Big STEM Challenge is designed to get children and young people thinking and engaged in STEM subjects in a fun and creative way.

“If we have learnt nothing else over the past two years it’s that science is the only thing that will ensure all of our futures and so we need to develop our future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology whizzes today!”

Students who really want to stretch their creative muscles can even choose their own project, although the challenge has been crafted with the current school curriculum in mind.

Teacher with a group of students in a laboratory classroom
Teacher with a group of students in a laboratory classroom

“We have specifically designed the categories to fit with the current curriculum,” says Mike. “Teachers and whole classes can get involved and therefore [the challenge] doesn’t detract from school work but can be incorporated into it.”

The deadline for all entries is Friday, May 6.

To find out more details on how to enter, click here.

The Big STEM Challenge is supported by ITL, Pfizer, BAE Systems, Global Associates, Kent Renewable Energy Ltd and Discovery Park.

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