Problem Solving Challenge

Teams of six students in Key Stage groups take on an unseen problem solving challenge testing their STEM, teamwork skills and creativity.  

See below for upcoming dates and previous challenges. 

Years 5-6

Primary Problem Solving Challenge

Teams of six Year 5-6 students will have the task of solving a given problem in 1 hour with only the materials provided to them.  The Challenge will run along the same lines as our Secondary event with a shorter and age-appropriate problem to solve.  This challenge puts curriculum learning, team skills, creativity and ingenuity to the test.

We are looking for schools who are willing to host heats of the competition, offering the potential to involve other local Primary Schools.  We can adjust timings to suit across the school day and the event will normally run for about 2 hours.  

Judging will take place at the event and scores from across the schools taking part in the region will be collated and the highest score will win the coveted trophy.  

There will be a small booking fee of £25 for one team or £40 for two teams, but host schools will compete for free.

If you are interested in taking part and/or hosting an event please get in contact with us:

Problem Solving Challenge In Action

The Secondary Problem Solving Challenge is an annual event which progresses through 5 regional heats to a Grand Final.  It has been running for over 30 years and will involve over 600 students annually.

Teams compete in teams of six in a desktop engineering challenge for one and half hours using only the materials and guidance provided in a pack.  Each team is judged on reaching a defined set of goals be that height, length, speed or time.  The challenge is to solve the problem using ingenuity, team work and creativity based on STEM skills.

Click the button below to watch the 2018 final!