Practical Action have a new STEM Challenge for children aged 8-14 years.
The Solar Challenge is a free resource that covers the circuits National Curriculum requirements. All the materials you need are provided, including a PPT, teacher’s guide, pupil notes and a poster. Check it out here: https://practicalaction.org/solar-challenge
The challenge is based on Practical Action’s work in southern Zimbabwe, so doubles up as a great way to raise pupils awareness of global issues.
Pupils build circuits using solar cells, then make decisions on the use of electrical appliances for a community in Zimbabwe who have a limited supply of electricity.
It’s perfect for STEM clubs, transition and enrichment days, as well as supporting pupils’ learning about Sustainable Development Goals.
The Solar Challenge is also linked to the Off-Grid Design Competition, which challenges pupils to develop a solar powered solution to address one of a number of problems.
The STEM challenges that Practical Action run can be used to gain a CREST Award.
Learn more about the CREST Award and the challenges Practical Action offer, here: