Between 4 – 8 February, we will be taking a week to reflect on and celebrate the wonderful work that STEM Clubs around the country do to engage and inspire young people in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outside the curriculum.

The STEM Clubs programme is a national initiative led by STEM Learning and offers free resources and support to club leaders across all ages and STEM subjects. Do you have an after school science club or a lunch time coding club for girls? Maybe you don’t run a club yet but would love to set one up in your school or local community. No matter your situation, the STEM Clubs programme is here to help you.

As well as sharing our inspiring set of free resources, there will be loads happening throughout the week!

Click HERE to find out more 

  • We offer free impartial and tailored advice on STEM Clubs, working with a wide range of providers to enable schools to operate STEM Clubs.
  • We offer practical help and support in an advisory and facilitatory capacity, ranging from how best to set up a STEM Club, how to manage and operate a club within a school, and act as a useful link to other organisations and STEM institutions to raise awareness of grants, funding opportunities and tangible resources that may help schools.

The Solar Challenge & Off-Grid Design Competition

Running until June 2019, Off-Grid! is an exciting design competition for young people aged 8-14 years.

The competition builds on Practical Action's  Solar Challenge  where pupils investigate how the electricity generated from solar cells can be used to transform the lives of people living without access to mains electricity in Zimbabwe.                                                     

Off-Grid! challenges pupils to develop a solar powered solution to address one of the following problems: 

• Lack of refrigeration to keep vaccines cold at rural health clinics
• Lack of water for farmers to irrigate their crops when they live far from water
• No lighting at night time for farmers who want to check on their animals at night time
• No outside lighting in schools to enable children to go to the toilet safely at night time.

Eligibility: Young people aged 8-14 years from the UK and Isle of Man are welcome to enter. We are happy to accept entries from children who are not in a formal school setting and from children taking part in youth groups. Pupils can enter individually or in a teams of up to four pupils. 

Prizes: Practical Action will award the winning primary school and secondary school a £100 worth of STEM kit from TTS. Each pupil (s) in the winning team will receive a £10 voucher and a STEM book.

All the materials needed to enter Off-Grid! can be downloaded from below. To view the Solar Challenge materials in full, visit  Solar Challenge.

New STEM Club Activity Packs launched.

This week sees 6 new resources for STEM Clubs launched!

The exciting new activity packs can be found on the "featured resources" on the STEM Clubs website.

The resources have been created using the in-house expertise at STEM Learning in partnership with STEM Club leaders around the country, to engage and inspire young people through STEM Clubs.

Have you ever wondered about the earth’s wild and wonderful weather? Understand how weather and extreme events occur, and what their impact can be.

There’s sound and music all around us! Explore the science of music and sound, create music and instruments with a range of objects, and find music in unlikely places.

Investigate the science involved in surviving an asteroid impact from how to grow crops in the long winter following the impact, to how to protect yourself from acid rain.
AGE RANGE: 11-14


Investigate the science, technology, engineering and maths involved in surviving on a desert island – from making rope to building a shelter to telling the time without a watch.
AGE RANGE: 11-14

Investigate how design and technology can help you survive a zombie apocalypse from making a barricade, to communicating with other survivors using Morse code.

How can STEM help us survive and thrive? Think about how diseases are spread or contained, build a better skyscraper to withstand earthquakes, and explore both the practical and the hypothetical.
AGE RANGE: 14-16

For more details on the new exciting packs please click HERE

WES100 National Essay Competition 2019.

The Womens Engineering Society (WES) are asking Primary and Secondary pupils across Scotland to take part in an exciting new competition to celebrate one hundred years of WES the Women’s Engineering Society.  Founded in 1919 by women who had worked in engineering during the First World War, WES is a network of engineering professionals who work to support women and girls reach their potential in STEM careers.  The aim of the competition is for pupils, teachers and families to discover that women working in engineering in their local community is an everyday effort and it has been for a very long time, though often without public awareness. 

Competition entrants are asked to write a short essay about a woman working in Engineering and to investigate some of the incredibly wide range of engineering roles available.  STEM Ambassadors are ready to support schools in this activity and we hope many local Engineering companies will join in.  The competition is open for entries until 19/4/19 with prizes awarded on 23 June 2019 the International Women in Engineering day (INWED) which is another WES initiative.  Full competition details can be found HERE   For competition enquiries please contact Caroline

Details of the competition

Entrants are required to write an essay titled 'A Woman in Engineering' according to the following details.  There are different categories for primary and secondary schools.

  • The subject of the essay must be a woman who has worked or is working in engineering, for primary pupils this includes women no longer living.  The term 'working in engineering' is used to reflect the incredibly diverse range of jobs that contribute to the success of Engineering in the UK.  Please choose only one woman but include how her role may have changed with education, experience and advances in technology.
  • Additional points will be awarded where there is a personal connection between the woman engineer and the pupil, school, or local area.
  • Primary school pupils may be guided in their research by teachers and parents.
  • Secondary pupils must conduct their own research and personally interview their subject 'face to face' or using Skype, email, letter etc.
  • There is no minimum number of words requirement.
  • Entrants are encouraged to include one photograph of their Woman Engineer and/or one image that is relevant to the Engineer’s work.  Entries without a picture will not be penalised.
  • Prize categories are based on age of the pupil (Primary, Secondary and Future Engineer).  Students, Apprentices and Future Engineers 18yrs or under at 31/12/19 are encouraged to follow the instructions for Secondary Schools.

Reimagine a solution to a real-life problem

This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is asking UK students aged 11 to 14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life problem. Take a look at the video below then get started!

Key information


  • £1,000 worth of prizes to be won for the entrants’ school, for science equipment or field trips.
  • Finalists will be invited to a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London, and will receive Science Museum goodies.
  • Semi-finalists and finalists will receive a Bronze CREST Award.

How to take part

  • Students aged 11 to 14 living in the UK during the competition period can take part.
  • Students form a team of two, three or four.
  • Get started with the Ultimate STEM Challenge presentation for ideas of what students could reimagine, and help with creating an entry step by step.

How to enter

  • Students create a PowerPoint or video showcasing their work.
  • Teachers complete a simple entry form on the How to enter page and upload the PowerPoint or video link.

Support and inspiration

  • Find out the judging criteria that will be used to pick the winning project.
  • We asked a range of young people what they would like to reimagine – be inspired by their ideas.
  • Students can work with a STEM Ambassador to enhance their project.


  • The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 February 2019.

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is brought to you by BP and STEM Learning.

For more information go to

I’m a Scientist UK

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here returns 4th-15th March 2019. This funded, online STEM activity connects school students with scientists. Students can ASK anything they like across the 2 weeks, they take part in a live CHAT with scientists and VOTE for who they want to win. The winning scientist wins £500 to spend on another STEM engagement activity.

Teachers register interest here:

Scientists register interest here:

I’m An Engineer UK

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here returns 4th-15th March 2019. This funded STEM activity connects school students with engineers. Students can ASK anything they like across the 2 weeks of this online activity. They take part in a live CHAT with engineers and VOTE for who they want to win. The winning engineer wins £500 to spend on another STEM engagement activity.

Teachers register interest here:

Scientists register interest here:

Science Debate Kits

The I’m a Scientist Debate Kits support the working scientifically strand of the curriculum, develop students’ discussion skills and teach them how to backup their opinions with facts. They contain 8 character cards, outlining different points of view, and teachers notes to help you to carry out the lesson effectively. Some kits also include online resources. This allows you and your students to debate and discuss the power and limitations of science, and consider the ethical issues which may arise.

The kits are available to download for free and teachers can sign up online to hear when new kits are available:

Learning Zone

Each fortnight host a different educational topic and expert researchers are on hand to share their knowledge through informal discussions. The Science of Learning Zone is open to teachers of all subjects - please share with your colleagues!

Join the discussion at

CREST Awards 

For more information about CREST awards in Scotland, please contact 


STEM Clubs Activities

Activities list

There is a vast array of STEM-related activity resources that are suitable for use in a STEM Club setting. Some organisations have also developed specific resources for clubs, but what you want to do will depend on the STEM subject, length of time and other factors, such as working with a STEM Ambassador.

The activities outlined here are divided into long, short and one-off activities.

  • One-off activities are completed in one session. They are often highly engaging and can have a real wow factor.
  • Short projects are any activity that takes club members two to three sessions to complete. Many of the shorter projects will include demonstrations or experiments that can be used as one-off activities.
  • Long projects are activities that take half a term or more to complete and might be considered a long project. Completing a long project can be very rewarding, especially if there is an award or a prize involved.
  • Each activity is categorised as Science, Technology and Engineering, Maths, or Cross Curricular.

Most of the activities have clear instructions, with downloadable resources to help you easily implement them in your club.

You can also search online directories for other activities. The National STEM Centre Library holds a wealth of resources and activities which would be suitable for clubs. The STEM Directories is a searchable database of activities offered to schools by external providers, many of which would be suitable for a club setting. Costs vary, although grants to use the listed activities are sometimes made available.

Inclusion on this page does not represent endorsement by the STEM Clubs Programme.

Grants and STEM Club Support

Below is a selection of grant schemes STEM Clubs could apply to. It is recommended that you always read the criteria and guidance for applicants carefully to ensure your project fits with the grant schemes’ aims. Many funders are available to talk through your ideas on the phone before you submit your application.

Activity ideas for a club:-

Please also check out the other pages on our website with a range of exciting activities, competitions and ideas that you could get involved in.

Biochemical Society:-

The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). Two rounds a year in April and September.

British Ecological Society:-

The British Ecological Society offers outreach grants of up to £2,000 to its members and others, including schools, to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

British Science Association Kick Start Grants:-

The British Science Association offer School Activity grants of up to £300, or ‘Our School Community’ grants of up to £700 to run activities during British Science Week (was National Science and Engineering Week).

Holmes Hines Memorial Fund:-

Administered by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the Holmes Hines Memorial Fund offers small awards to help individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available. No set application date.

Institute of Physics:-
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a small grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges.

The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. Awards are made three times a year.

Raspberry Pi education fund:-

Raspberry Pi Education fund is open to organisations including schools and STEM Clubs. Grants range from £100 to £125k as long as they fit within the aim of promoting computer science and its use across STEM and the arts. Grants require matched funding.

Royal Society:-
The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a school in partnership with a practising scientist or engineer. Awards made twice a year.

Royal Society of Chemistry:-
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry Club grant scheme is targeted at
activities that are at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable.
Teachers can apply for funding up to £1,000 for their Club. Awards made four times a year .

Science and Technology Facilities Council – Small Awards:-
STFC Small Awards offers the opportunity of funding ranging from £500 – £10,000 for projects in Public Engagement relating to STFC science and technology.

Society of General Microbiology:-
Grants of up to £1,000 to support microbiology teaching initiatives and events are available to School Corporate or School Representative Members of the Society.

STEM Directories Grants:-
The STEM Directories occasionally run grants of up to £500 for schools who wish to run an activity listed on their directory.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards:-
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people.

Waitrose Community Matters:-
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes. The proportion of funding depends on the number of tokens placed by shoppers in a box in store. Any UK registered national charity can put themselves forward to be considered for the scheme.

Wellcome Trust People Awards

The Wellcome Trust supports biomedical research that aims to improve the health of humans and animals. People Awards provides grants of up to £30,000 for innovative and creative projects that engage the public with biomedical science and/or the history of medicine. Due to the scale of the grant, you may want to consider applying for longer term projects that have a high impact and involve collaboration, either with other schools or with universities, scientists or artists. Awards made four times a year.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland:-

For schools based in Scotland the Scottish Council for Development and Industry offers small grants to STEM Clubs.

For more information on grants from each of the above providers please visit

Some more practical considerations for setting up and running a STEM Club..

For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below

For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below

For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:-

For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:-


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