Current research suggests that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require a skill set best developed through STEM subjects. But data from the OECD still shows a STEM skills deficit in the UK. This competition is designed to develop crucial skills and maximise student engagement with STEM subjects. The carefully structured, challenging and fun workshop will be repeated in schools throughout the UK from January 2021, through National Science Week 2022 and until 16th July 2022. Suitably adapted versions of the workshop are open to students in Years 5-12 and the champions will be announced to celebrate the start of the school year in September 2022.

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Students will improve their creative and critical thinking, whilst developing problem solving and communication skills. They will use new equipment, explore new concepts and learn new techniques that reinforce and extend curriculum content. Simultaneously, teachers can quickly evaluate the impact of the teaching strategies employed and trial new resources for use in their own lessons in order to sustain the approach. The highest scoring schools will win one of the top three prizes. Every school entering the event will receive our SETI Problem Solving Challenge for free.


This year the competition is based on our ‘Space Pioneers’ Double Session workshop and allows teams of pupils to compete in the race to reach and explore Mars. With bold claims being made by SpaceX, Mars One and the world’s recognised space agencies, the context has never been more relevant. Each workshop includes advanced electronics and REDOX microchemistry, embedded within a realistic space exploration story. We will run two 2-hour sessions in the day, for 36 pupils per session - enabling up to 72 pupils to participate. It allows the school to include two very different cohorts if required and maximises the impact of the day.

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With minimal impact on the timetable but maximum impact on learning, The Real STEM Competition is a fantastic way to introduce this type of event and include every pupil you want over one or more days. It is also incredibly easy to run, as the programme is delivered in the host school by one of our vastly experienced presentation teams and fits within the school timings. All you need to do is request a date to host the competition, using the booking calendar below, and we will contact you with further information.


A one-day competition, allowing up to 72 pupils to participate includes:

● Delivery by two of our STEM experts.

● Use of all resources and specialist equipment.

● Prizes & Medals for winning teams on the day.

● A Performance Report for every participant.

● The SETI Problem Solvers Challenge with site licence.

● Entry into the competition, for a chance to win the top prizes.


Cost:  £11+VAT per participant for 72 pupils*.

*Costs per participant are based on 72 participants each day and exclude VAT which can usually be reclaimed.  

Total Cost is £795+VAT.  Costs per pupil will increase if the number of participants is reduced.

Additional consecutive days can be booked from just £650+VAT per day.  (£9+VAT per pupil)

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Your students will experience a leading STEM activity whether or not your school wins.

1st Place

Win any Full-Day or Double Session workshop PLUS Receive STEM Box 1 - full of exciting STEM lessons

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2nd Place

Win any Full-Day or Double Session Workshop from the TiE Range for any groups in Yr 5-12

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3rd Place

Win the STEM Box 1 Kit containing some of the most popular STEM activities available for DIY events

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