For the second year in a row, R.E.A.L. Education have entered the BP Ultimate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge.
Every year BP run a national STEM competition for teams of learners aged 11-14. This year’s competition gives learners the chance to choose one of three challenges based around a theme of ‘My Sustainable Future:’ ‘Handy Hydro,’ ‘Parched Plants’ or ‘Brilliant Biogas.’
R.E.A.L. Education’s team consisted of three learners who studied all three challenge areas, before coming together at the end of the project to design, build and test a device that falls under the ‘Handy Hydro’ challenge.
The learners created a Hydro Electric Generator made from recyclable plastic spoons and some old Lego. It generates enough power to charge up any standard battery.
Learners find out next month if they are in with a chance of being invited to the finals at the Science Museum in London. Prizes for the winning designs include; an invitation to a special celebratory event at the Science Museum, an ultimate STEM experience day, £500 for the school and Science Museum goodies.
Duncan Allen, Teacher at R.E.A.L. Education said: “By entering a national competition our learners have the opportunity to think about real world problems and a respective STEM solution.
“We have learned a lot since our first entry last year; mostly that the standard of entry is incredibly high – but this does not put us off. This year we’re back with a really cool entry, hoping to wow the judges!”
To find out more about the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge, click here.